AIR FORCE LT. COL. GETS SEVEN MONTHS
IN JAIL FOR CONSENSUAL SEX WITH FEMALE
STAFF SGT - SHE GETS IMMUNITY FOR
TESTIMONY - NO PUNISHMENT FOR HER
PROSECUTORS HAD SOUGHT MAXIMUM
PENALTY FOR OFFICER - TWO YEARS IN JAIL
AND DISMISSAL FROM THE SERVICE
A carelessly left behind printout of steamy e-mail between an Air Force light colonel and his staff sergeant girlfriend led to his recent court-martial and a seven-month jail sentence.
Lt. Col. Anthony R. Williams, pleaded guilty to carrying on an unprofessional relationship with the female NCO and another enlisted woman - a dental technician and airman first class - at the time of the alleged incidents.
The 20-year veteran saved his military pension but his professional career has hit a brick wall, and you can be sure the admitted lover-boy won t ever pin on chicken-wings.
AN AIRMAN BLOWS THE WHISTLE ON WILLIAMS
It was an episode of absent-mindedness that caused the lothario colonel to get caught.
Williams was commander of Osan's 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron in South Korea last June when the Air Force enlisted man stopped by the unit's office on a weekend to use the printer.
What he stumbled across was a sizzling nine-page printout of improper e-mail, some of it x-rated, between the colonel and the enlisted women.
The airman was more than happy to report his find to the OSI (Office of Special Investigations) who raided Williams office and seized his computer hard drive.
CONSENSUAL SEX - BUT NO PENALTY FOR FEMALE
The female staff sergeant, who told investigators she had met Williams on a bus ride to Seoul and carried on a consensual sexual affair with him that included trysts at the colonel's on-base quarters and at the Dragon Hill Lodge on Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, escaped any punishment.
Hard-charging prosecutors granted her immunity from prosecution if she would testify against her former boyfriend. She did.
The other female enlisted involved with Williams did not have sex with the officer, so she was not liable for any penalty.
THE USUAL DOUBLE STANDARD OF JUSTICE
In today s Air Force, under troubled Secretary James Bullfrog Roche, high-ranking officers - including at least one favored general - have escaped prosecution solely for sexual misdeeds.
It's not what you do, but who you know, said one well-placed source, who says Roche doesn t need any more embarrassing news as he tries to survive a long series of miscues that almost cost him his job.
As long as the Air Force, and the military in general, remain selective about who they go after for sex crimes or misconduct, morale will remain low and the enlisted and non-commissioned ranks will be correct when they are cynical about the double standard of justice prevalent in today's armed forces.
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