Airman sentenced to 2 months of hard labor
EDITOR’S NOTE ABOUT THIS STORY: According to a May 3, 2006 memo, Lt. Gen. Robert D. Bishop, vice commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the convening authority in the case, overturned the conviction and nullified the initial sentence of Peter V. Tobolsky. Click here for details.
This story has been corrected since it first published.
RAF MILDENHALL, England — An Air Force intelligence worker found guilty Thursday of indecent acts with a fellow airman was sentenced to two months of hard labor without confinement and ordered not to leave the base for one month, an Air Force spokeswoman said.
Senior Airman Peter V. Tobolsky, who was acquitted of rape charges stemming from a sexual encounter with a female member of his unit, the 488th Intelligence Squadron, will also be reduced in rank to airman first class as part of the sentence, the Air Force spokeswoman said.
The charges were based on an incident that took place while the two were deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, to work as linguists last June.
Following a three-day general court-martial that ended Thursday, a 10-member panel found Tobolsky, 31, guilty of the lesser charge of indecent acts, then delivered his sentence several hours after the verdict.