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Malmstrom officer charged with sexual assault

Sep. 10, 2008 - 06:38PM   |   Last Updated: Sep. 10, 2008 - 06:38PM  |  
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GREAT FALLS, Mont. An officer stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been charged with sexually assaulting a female co-worker while the two were in a bunker controlling nuclear missiles.

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. An officer stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base has been charged with sexually assaulting a female co-worker while the two were in a bunker controlling nuclear missiles.

Air Force Capt. Adam Pitman is charged in military court with two counts of aggravated sexual contact and one count of conduct unbecoming an officer, said Lt. Korry Leverett, a base spokesman. The charges stem from late 2007.

Leverett didn't specify what Pitman is accused of doing.

The woman who made the allegations initially filed a confidential, restricted complaint with the base's sexual assault response coordinator. In March, she changed the complaint to "unrestricted," meaning she agreed to let the coordinator send the information to base authorities, who launched an investigation.

Dozens of nuclear missile launch facilities are scattered across central Montana and are operated by Malmstrom. Each has a bunker in which two missileers are stationed at all times, typically in 24-hour shifts.

Leverett said every Minuteman III missile is under constant watch by five separate crews, so the public was never in danger by the alleged assault.

The woman is back on duty as a missileer, while Pitman has been reassigned to other duties.

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