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OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An airman pleaded guilty to a sexually indecent act with a fellow airman but denied raping her in a court-martial that began Tuesday at Osan Air Base in South Korea.

Senior Airman Gabriel R. Contreras of Osan’s 51st Munitions Squadron admitted he touched a female airman’s genital area last February while another male airman looked on.

But Contreras pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, conspiracy to commit indecent acts, housebreaking and indecent assault. The other male airman is awaiting trial on charges stemming from the same alleged incident, the prosecution said.

Those alleged offenses occurred in the woman’s dorm room the night of Feb. 10 and into the early hours of Feb. 11, according to testimony.

Contreras, according to the prosecution, engaged in consensual sex with the woman then allegedly bragged about it to a fellow airman and brought that airman to the woman’s room for the possibility of further sexual activity.

The woman had been intoxicated and was asleep when they allegedly entered her room, the prosecution said.

Contreras then touched the woman while the third airman looked on, the prosecution said. In pleading guilty to that charge, Contreras told the judge he touched the woman with her consent and for their mutual sexual pleasure.

Contreras told the judge he had not known the woman until the night of the incident.

According to the prosecution, the other airman allegedly penetrated the woman sexually while she slept. That led to the rape charge against Contreras for allegedly facilitating the act by bringing the airman to the woman’s room.

The charge of conspiracy to commit indecent acts was for allegedly bringing the other airman to the room for purposes of indecent sexual activity, and the housebreaking charge is for allegedly entering her room with the intent of committing indecent acts.

The sexual assault charge is for allegedly touching the woman’s genital area, which the prosecution contends was not with her consent.

With his guilty plea, Contreras faces a maximum penalty of reduction in rank to the lowest pay grade, total loss of pay and allowances, five years in prison and a dishonorable discharge, as well as a possible fine, the judge told him.

The trial was set to resume Wednesday morning.


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