Three airmen were convicted of sexual offenses in December, the Air Force announced Jan. 16. Two received bad conduct discharges as part of their sentences. The highest- ranking among them, a chief master sergeant, was busted five ranks but allowed to stay in the Air Force.
The Air Force began publishing a list of sex crime convictions in September amid growing criticism of the military’s handling of sexual assault. Nineteen enlisted airmen and one officer have been convicted so far.
The December convictions:
■Senior Airman Paul Stephan of Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, sentenced Dec. 11 to one year confinement, reduction to E-3 and a bad conduct discharge for abusive sexual contact and assault consummated by a battery. A female soldier accused Stephan of pulling on her pants and touching her sexually in August 2012, according to the Air Force. Stephan was acquitted of one specification of sexual assault and one specification of abusive sexual contact.
■Airman 1st Class Trevor Davis of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, sentenced Dec. 13 to five months confinement, reduction to E-1, a reprimand and a bad conduct discharge for four specifications of abusive sexual contact. Two female civilians accused Davis of touching them sexually in May while riding all-terrain vehicles together, the Air Force said.
■Chief Master Sgt. Frederick Thomas of Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, sentenced Dec. 14 to forfeiture of $1,202 for two months, reduction to E-4 and a reprimand for sexual harassment, abusive sexual contact, simple assault and indecent language. A female noncommissioned officer accused Thomas of making inappropriate comments about her photos on Facebook; making sexually explicit comments toward her and touching her sexually, according to the Air Force. Thomas was acquitted of unlawful communication of a threat.
A fourth airman, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Stevens of Barksdale Air Force Base, La., was convicted of five specifications of assault consummated by a battery of his civilian wife and daughter and making a false official statement but acquitted on the most serious charges of rape and aggravated sexual assault. Stevens physically abused his wife and daughter over three years and lied about it in a civilian protective order hearing, the Air Force said. Stevens was sentenced Dec. 21 to 60 days confinement, reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.
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