Airman charged with escape and desertion
July 24, 2009
A convicted airman who authorities say escaped custody at RAF Lakenheath, England, in late September and was caught more than eight months later was charged this week with desertion and escape, officials said.
Airman Basic Jeremy Scott Parrott was charged at an Article 32 hearing Tuesday. Parrott, who was with the 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, had served three months of a three-year sentence for possession of child pornography when the alleged escape occurred while he was visiting the Lakenheath base hospital. His sentence for the child porn conviction also included a dishonorable discharge and a demotion.
Parrott was apprehended on June 3, a day after he was featured on the British television show "Crimewatch," which is similar to "America’s Most Wanted." According to "Crimewatch," Parrott was using the alias William McGonagle and was pretending to be mute to hide his American accent.
The nationwide manhunt for Parrott included a $10,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
An Article 32 is similar to a civilian grand jury, determining if there is sufficient evidence to send the case to a court-martial.