Recently, a U.S. senator took it upon himself to confront military lawyers over the way that they have been handling sexual assault cases within the military. A study by the military shows that there were about 19,000 sexual assault cases within the four branches of the military in 2010. Shockingly, only a few hundred of those cases have been taken to trial.
Military Sexual Assault Case
A sexual assault case was dismissed in court concerning a military F-16 pilot. The pilot has been called one of the "best of the best" and is honored by many of his peers in the armed forces. Allegedly, he was convicted of groping a 49-year-old woman in Italy last year and sentenced to one year in prison as a result. The Air Force dismissed the case, allowing the pilot to go free. A Lieutenant who overturned the verdict claims that there was not any evidence that proved that the pilot was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. While the alleged victim claims that she woke up to fine the pilot on top of her in her bed, his wife testifies that he was in his own bed with her at the time.
CBS News reports that the pilot will now be a free man and will have the right to continue in the Air Force. The victim of the molestation is devastated about the overturned verdict, and maintains the position that she would not have gone through the hassle of taking the case to trial if she did not know for a fact that the man was guilty. The woman says that she is a civilian who works at a hospital near the Aviano Air Base in Italy. She is currently in Washington advocating in the hearings about the problems of sexual assault in the military.
If you are a military member and have been accused of sexual assault, then you need a dedicated attorney on your side. The Samuelson Law Firm is a Colorado Springs criminal defense firm that is more-than-willing to take on your case!
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