AF officer charged with indecent acts on 10-year-old girl
January 23, 2008
RAF LAKENHEATH, England — A 48th Medical Group field-grade officer has been charged with indecent acts for allegedly sexually assaulting a co-worker’s 10-year-old daughter on her birthday.
Maj. Brandon S. Smith, who serves at the RAF Lakenheath hospital, faces a host of additional charges in connection with a night of alleged drunken misbehavior last July, according to Air Force court records.
Smith allegedly physically assaulted three enlisted airmen and made unwanted sexual advances toward two female enlisted airmen over the course of a night of heavy drinking on July 14 before he allegedly committed the indecent act, records show.
The 10-year-old victim — who will not be identified according to Stars and Stripes’ policy — traveled from the States to testify in during Smith’s Article 32 hearing last month.
She testified that Smith entered her room after midnight, removed her underwear and licked her buttocks. A separate airman testified that he saw Smith leaving the girl’s room without his shirt on.
The victim is the daughter of a 48th Medical Group enlisted airman. Smith and several other airmen were at the airman’s home celebrating the girl’s birthday.
Smith also faces two specifications of conduct unbecoming an officer by attempting to kiss one enlisted airman and stroking the hair of another, according to court records.
During the Article 32, one of the female airman testified that Smith was making her feel uncomfortable throughout the night by following her to the bathroom, rubbing her buttocks and sitting on her lap.
The second airman toward whom Smith allegedly made unwanted sexual advances was hosting a going-away party for a fellow 48th Medical Group airman.
Her husband was deployed to Afghanistan at the time of the party, and she demanded Smith be removed from her home. After that party, Smith accompanied a group of airmen to the 10-year-old’s birthday party.
Air Force officials have not set a date for Smith’s court-martial.