AIR FORCE MASTER SERGEANT GUILTY OF
SEX ASSAULT ON 14 YEAR-OLD BABY SITTER
GETS 42-TO-90 YEARS IN NEBRASKA STATE
PRISON - RICHARD LARAMEE "HAMMERED"
AFTER TESTIMONY REVEALS OTHER VICTIMS
OFFUT AFB NCO SAID TO HAVE COMMITED
SIMILAR ATTACKS WHILE STATIONED AT
WHITEMAN AFB IN COLORADO - CAREER
NON-COM COMPUTER SYSTEMS MANAGER
AT 55TH OPERATIONAL AND SPT SQUADRON
An Offut AFB master sergeant has been hammered with a lengthy prison sentence for sexual assault on several young teen-age girls, one of them, the former "babysitter" for his three kids. He'll be behind bars for from 42-to-90 years after being convicted of two first-degree sexual assaults on young teenage girls.
Richard Laramee, a computer systems manager with the 55th Operational and Support Squadron, had pled "no contest" to the very serious charges. The agreement worked out with prosecutors spared the sergeant's victims from having to testify in court.
Even with the plea deal, however, the 37 year-old Air Force veteran still received severe punishment for his admitted criminal acts. It will be a long time before Laramee is once again a free man. He could possibly die behind prison walls, even if he lives another 50 years. He won't be eligible for parole until he's past 80 years old.
INVESTIGATORS FIND 14 YEAR-OLD NOT LARAMEE'S ONLY VICTIM
Figuring into the long prison term was the fact the NCO sexually assaulted more than one young teen. His youngest victim was only 14 when she says the sarge first forced her to have sex with him. According to investigators, Laramee kept the girl from reporting him because he convinced her she'd "get in trouble" with her parents if she "talked."
Court papers show the young teen, molested while babysitting, feared her parents - good friends with M/Sgt. Laramee and his then-wife - just wouldn't believe her.
When police found out the non-com had commited other such sexual assaults while stationed at Whiteman AFB in Colorado, the civilian prosecutor in Sarpy County Neb. cited a "pattern" of such deviant sexual behavior. County Attorney Stefanie Martinez urged a long sentence on Laramee as a way of "sending a message" to other "would-be predators."
The incidents began in 2003, sources said, and lasted at least until 2006.
Laramee, who wept at the sentencing, told the court he'd lost his military career, the love of his own children, and that of his "fiance" (who has left him). He apologized for his conduct and said his life and others had been "ruined" by his perverted actions.