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Aviano airman gets 4 more years in 2nd sex offense case

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An airman sentenced in 2013 to 20 years in prison for sexual contact with a child was found guilty on child pornography charges in a second court-martial last month in the United States.

Airman basic Johnny A. Escobar was tried on July 11 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., during a brief reprieve from serving his sentence at Fort Leavenworth, according to a news release from the 31st Fighter Wing. Escobar was a member of the Aviano-based wing while serving with the 731st Munitions Squadron at Camp Darby.

In the newest court-martial, he was found guilty of indecent language as well as distributing, viewing and possessing child pornography. The offenses reportedly came to light during an Office of Special Investigation probe after his initial case was settled. A former staff sergeant, Escobar was sentenced to an additional four years in prison. He was found not guilty on charges of raping his ex-wife.

In his first court-martial, he pleaded guilty to charges of engaging in sexual contact with a minor, taking indecent liberties with a minor, engaging in indecent conduct with a minor and producing and possessing child pornography. The incidents occurred while his active-duty wife was on temporary duty in Germany.

news@stripes.com

 

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