TOP COLONEL PLEADS GUILTY TO LARCENY
AND AWOL BUT WILL FIGHT "RAPE" CHARGES
COL SAMUEL LOFTON - FORMER 82ND TRAINING
GROUP COMMANDER AT SHEPPARD AFB TEXAS
ADMITS MIS-USE OF CREDIT CARDS AND BEING
ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE ON SIX OCCASIONS
DID OSI PRESSURE FEMALE ACCUSER TO YELL
"RAPE?" - LOFTON FACES LIFE IN PRISON IF
CONVICTED ON SEX CHARGE AT COURT-MARTIAL
There's no question Col. Samuel Lofton III has ruined his career and will be kicked out of the Air Force.
He admitted to many of the charges lodged against him just prior to the start of his court-martial this week at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Tex.
On advice of his attorneys, Lofton pled "guilty" to misuse of a government credit card; 17 instances of filing false travel reimbursement claims; and acknowledged he was AWOL on at least six occasions.
THE "GOOD OLD BOYS" WON'T BE BENDING OVER TO HELP THE BLACK GUY
Since his name isn't Thomas J. Fiscus, Lofton won't get to retire with pay and benefits.
But because of the "rape" allegations lodged against him, the one time "fast burner" colonel could end up at the Leavenworth DB for the rest of his life. And that "life" might be cut short if some of the "bad boy" inmates out there think the white woman Lofton had sex with was forced to do it against her will.
Lofton's lawyers know that is their best chance to keep the colonel from being sent where he'll never see freedom again.
DID O.S.I PRESSURE "VICTIM" TO MAKE SURE
THEY HAD "SLAM-DUNK" CASE?
As we have reported (see related stories box below) the story of his main accuser is very shaky indeed. And that has caused us to wonder if the unethical, and at times criminal OSI (Office of Special Investigations) may have "leaned on" the colonel's former secretary to get her to yell "rape."
If you threaten to make trouble for someone unless they "co-operate," it's easy for them to throw someone else under the bus. And maybe this is what's happened in this case. You be the judge.
During the Article 32 evidentiary hearing, the "victim" tearfully related how she was "bent-over" a desk and "violated" with the alleged attacker demanding her torn panty-hose as some sort of "trophy." The female testified she told Lofton: "Who do you think I am - Monica Lewinsky?" and tossed the torn hose in the colonel's face.
It's what happened in the months after the so-called assault that make us wonder what the real story is.
"VICTIM" WROTE COLONEL SHE HELD HIM IN "DEEPEST RESPECT"
When Lofton was first charged in 2007, it was over the AWOL allegations and claims he'd milked his government credit card for personal use.
At that time, his female accuser sent Lofton a card. She was caught under cross-examination admitting she wrote her alleged attacker she had nothing but "the deepest respect" for him and that she was "praying" that he would "weather this storm."
Hmmmm. That must have been before the OSI "got to her."
Few reasonable people believe O.J. Simpson didn't kill his wife. But the Los Angeles police, trying to make sure his conviction was a "slam-dunk," undermined their case with questionable additional "evidence" that would have been better left alone. The gloves, the Bruno Magli shoes, etc.
Could it be that OSI pressured the woman to abandon her "deepest respect" position and accuse the colonel of a crime that would be sure to send the officer away to Leavenworth for the rest of his life?
COLONEL DESERVES THE BOOT BUT NOT A "SHANK"
IN THE DB SHOWER ROOM
We don't feel sorry for Lofton in regard to his admitted crimes. He was stupid and arrogant and deserves to lose his pension. But, he doesn't deserve to get a shank in the back in the shower room at the DB. And that is a real possibility if he were to be unfairly convicted on a "rape" charge of which he is innocent.
Sources tell us that, in their opinion, and they know both players here, the sex that occurred was entirely "consensual." In fact, one of Lofton's other secretaries testified under oath the female "victim" got all "googly-eyed" around the colonel whenever he was near.
Lofton is a lot of things, but a "Mandingo" rapist isn't one of them..
The sensational court-martial now underway will tell the final tale. We hope justice prevails.