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OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The lieutenant who headed an Air Force police team patrolling the bar district outside Osan Air Base had his pick of a succession of bar girls for sexual liaisons, mounted unauthorized “sting” operations in an effort to catch bars in violations that could subject them to being put off-limits and kept an off-base apartment illegally, according to testimony at a Friday hearing in the case.

The testimony against 1st Lt. Jason D. Davis of the 51st Security Forces Squadron came during an Article 32 hearing — the military equivalent of a grand jury — in which a hearing officer will decide whether to recommend Davis be court-martialed.

Capt. Corea Bergenser, the Article 32 investigating officer, heard about seven hours of testimony from 10 witnesses, including members of Davis’ unit and Air Force investigators. Prosecutors also submitted written witness statements, including Davis’ alleged former girlfriend, whose Feb. 22 phone call to Osan officials led to Davis’ March 1 arrest.

Davis has been charged with bribery, extortion and rape, as well as assault, larceny, adultery, violations of regulations and lawful orders, willful dereliction of duty, making false official statements and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Before his arrest, he headed the Songtan town patrol in the Shinjang-Dong commercial district, an enclave of bars, eateries, clothing stores and other businesses that cater mainly to U.S. servicemembers.

Bergenser, deputy staff judge advocate assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing legal office at Kunsan Air Base, will mull Friday’s testimony and within 10 days send her recommendations to Lt. Gen. Gary R. Trexler, commander of U.S. 7th Air Force at Osan. It will then be up to Trexler to accept all, some or none of the recommendations.

Davis also faces prosecution by South Korean authorities on charges of possessing weapons at an off-base residence, in violation of South Korean law. South Korean authorities may file additional charges later, U.S. Force Korea officials have said.

Some of Friday’s testimony came from three airmen who testified in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Two, 1st Lt. Garland Wade Wilmoth and 1st Lt. Brian Loftus, are fellow officers in Davis’ unit. A third was Airman 1st Class Nathan Dooge, a former squadron member, now based in the United Kingdom.

Davis, who remains jailed at the 8th Army Confinement Facility at Camp Humphreys, and his defense lawyers were not present at the hearing.

Witnesses portrayed Davis as an officer whose status as town patrol officer-in-charge gave him ready access to sexual partners in the local bar district.

“He’d point out girls,” Wilmoth testified of Davis. “‘I’d like this one’ or ‘I’d like that one.’”

When Loftus accompanied Davis at downtown clubs, it was “typical” for Davis to point out attractive women and say “‘Yeah, I’m gonna have sex with her. She’s next.’ Just off-the-cuff comments,” Loftus testified.

“She’s coming home with me,” Davis allegedly told one club manager about a girl in his club, Loftus testified.

Much of Friday’s testimony centered on Davis’ alleged relationship with a South Korean woman whose family owns a club in Songtan that base officials had declared off-limits to U.S. servicemembers.

According to testimony, Davis offered her guidance on how to get the ban lifted and eventually began a sexual relationship with her, concealing from her the fact that he was married.

Dooge, who testified via speakerphone, said he took part in five “stings” — set up by Davis — of local clubs even though base officials had barred such operations.


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