Air Force sergeant found not guilty of sexual assault

By MIKE FITZGERALD | Belleville News-Democrat (Tribune News Service) | Published: January 21, 2016

A jury deliberated for nearly two hours Thursday before finding an Air Force technical sergeant not guilty of charges that he sexually assaulted a female airman.

Tech Sgt. Isaac O. Concey, a member of the 375th Aerospace Medicine Squadron based at Scott, was accused of inappropriately touching an enlisted female airman’s genitals without her consent while she slept in Germany in early May 2011.

Concey testified in his own defense Thursday morning, denying the allegations. Concey denied sexually assaulting his accuser or making sexual advances toward her.

Concey and his wife fought back tears after the verdict was announced. He declined comment afterward.

Defense attorney Matthew Radefield said, “All I can say is, this was the correct verdict.”

During the court-martial trial, prosecutor Ryan Reed tried to get Concey to admit to assaulting the woman.

“Sgt. Concey, it would look real bad if you were seen in a bedroom with (the accuser),” Ryan said.

“Yes sir, it would,” Concey replied.

“You violated her, didn’t you?” Reed asked.

“No, sir, I didn’t,” Concey answered.

“She’s lying?” Reed asked.

“Yes, sir,” Concey answered.

The jury began deliberating about 1 p.m. Deliberations lasted about an hour and 45 minutes.

The accuser was called to the witness stand Wednesday morning, testifying about events that led up to the night sometime in May 2011, when Concey allegedly assaulted her. If convicted, Concey faces a potential maximum penalty of 30 years confinement to a military prison.

The woman acknowledged drinking heavily that night at a nearby bar, and falling asleep on the couch at a friend’s apartment. The woman said she awoke in a bed, naked from the waist down.

“When I opened my eyes, I saw Sgt. Concey with his fingers inside me,” she said. “I didn’t have any shorts on or underwear.”


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