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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — An Air Force security officer is going to jail after he was found guilty at court-martial Thursday of stealing night-vision goggles and dumping them in the Rhine River.

Col. Gordon Hammock, the military judge, sentenced Senior Airman Logan D. Jessen at a general court-martial to a reduction in one pay grade, five months’ confinement and a $1,000 fine, Air Force spokeswoman Senior Airman Melissa Maraj said on Monday. He will remain in jail until the fine is paid.

Jessen, who was assigned to the U.S. Forces Police Squadron at Kapaun Air Station, pleaded guilty to stealing two pairs of the high-tech goggles between January and September 2004, Air Force Prosecutor Capt. Robert Zauner said. Jessen testified that he and another airman threw the goggles, worth about $2,748 each, into the river near Worms around Oct. 1 to avoid prosecution.

He said he got the goggles in addition to a Gortex jacket, pants and boots from the security force’s supplies, Zauner said. The government property Jessen admitted to stealing is estimated to be worth $9,600.

Jessen said he planned on keeping the items for himself and didn’t plan on selling them, Zauner added.

Air Force Office of Special Investigations agents found out about the thefts by Jessen from another security patrolman who was being investigated on charges he also stole military material.

Special agents never recovered the goggles taken by Jessen. However, the Air Force retrieved the other gear Jessen had shipped to his home in Nebraska, Zauner said.

Charges are pending against the airman accused of helping Jessen dump the goggles into the river.


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