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EOD tech at Eglin charged with rape, burglary

Dec. 7, 2012 - 12:46PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 7, 2012 - 12:46PM  |  
Tech. Sgt. Adam Meredith was arrested for burglary and raping a woman at knifepoint.
Tech. Sgt. Adam Meredith was arrested for burglary and raping a woman at knifepoint. (Air Force)
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Police on Dec. 1 arrested an explosive ordnance disposal technician based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., who is accused of breaking into a Fort Walton Beach home and repeatedly raping a woman at knifepoint.

Tech. Sgt. Adam Blake Meredith, 34, faces charges of armed burglary and sexual battery with a deadly weapon, according to an arrest report from Fort Walton Beach police.

Meredith belongs to the 96th Civil Engineering Squadron's EOD flight at Eglin, base spokeswoman Lois Walsh said.

A man entered the alleged victim's home about 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 1, walked into the master bedroom, woke the woman and ordered her to undress, the arrest report says. He then placed a knife to the woman's neck, fondled her and forced her to perform oral sex. The man left the room, returned and sexually assaulted her a second time, according to the report. After the second assault, he again left the room, returned and again forced her to perform oral sex.

The woman told police she did not know the man who assaulted her. She described him as wearing a dark T-shirt, jeans, sandals and a belt. Before he left, he threatened to come back if she turned on the light, according to the report. The woman watched him leave in a black Nissan pickup, according to the report.

He returned and tried to get into her home, but the woman had locked the door, the report says.

The woman called 911 and was able to describe the man's pickup to a dispatcher.

At 4:26 a.m., an hour after the man first entered the woman's home, a police officer nearby stopped a vehicle matching the description, according to the report. Meredith was behind the wheel of the vehicle, the report says, and had in his possession a folding knife.

Police found Meredith's wallet containing his driver's license and military identification card beside the woman's bed, according to the report.

Meredith has been stationed at Eglin since October 2005, Walsh said. He was promoted to technical sergeant in May. On Oct. 30, Meredith spoke at the dedication ceremony of a new EOD building. The building was named for a fellow 96th EOD technician who died in a June 2011 bomb blast in Afghanistan.

"Regardless of the task, he truly loved what EOD stands for, placing yourself in harm's way so others can be safe," an Air Force news release quoted Meredith as saying of the fallen airman.

Meredith is scheduled to appear in court in Okaloosa County, Fla., on Jan. 29, according to the arrest report.

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