Eglin Air Force Base officer arrested in sexual battery case

By JIM THOMPSON | The Walton Sun | Published: August 27, 2019

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — An officer assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base is being held without bond in the Okaloosa County Jail on a felony charge of sexual battery.

Capt. Maxsimiliano Alvarado, 39, was arrested Aug. 21 by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office on the basis of a warrant connected to a Crestview Police Department investigation. Alvarado is charged with a single count of sexual battery on a person 18 or older, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. The exact age of the accuser was not immediately available Monday.

Alvarado has been with the 33rd Fighter Wing for more than a year, according to Lt. Savannah Stephens, the wing’s public affairs officer. He is assigned to the wing’s operations support squadron, Stephens said.

The arrest was made in connection with a reported Oct. 7, 2018, incident at a Crestview residence, during which Alvarado is accused of inappropriately touching the accuser and subsequently having sexual intercourse with her, all against her will. According to a Crestview Police Department report, the accuser, who was visiting the residence, “was intoxicated and in and out of consciousness” during at least part of the assault, which began on a living room couch. The accuser subsequently went into a bedroom and locked the door, according to the report.

Alvarado, who shared the residence with a live-in girlfriend, continued to pursue the accuser, entering the bedroom. As the accuser regained consciousness, Alvarado was having sexual intercourse with her, and she “pushed off Alvarado and told him to stop …,” according to the report. The accuser then headed toward the master bathroom, apparently to seek help from someone else in the residence. Alvarado followed her, grabbing her breast as she tried to get away.

The accuser eventually was able to return to the bedroom, from which she called a cab after calling two friends to tell them about the assault. The cab took her to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, where she contacted an Okaloosa County sheriff’s deputy. Subsequently, a Crestview Police Department investigator was called and obtained a statement.

The accuser then was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for a sexual assault examination. At some point thereafter, two Crestview Police Department investigators contacted Alvarado. He consented to collection of swabs for DNA testing, and allowed officers to take bedding from the residence.

The evidence collected from the accuser and Alvarado was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratory for processing. In January, a lab report confirmed the presence of male DNA on items from the sexual assault examination, and an August lab report confirmed the DNA as belonging to Alvarado. Alvarado was arrested the day after the August lab results were emailed to the Crestview Police Department.

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