Brief: Spangdahlem airman pleads not guilty to rape
May 31, 2007
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany — A Spangdahlem-based airman accused of raping a female staff sergeant while another female airman watched pleaded not guilty to rape at a court-martial Wednesday.
Airman Christopher Hicks, with the 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron, is charged with raping the woman at his house in the early morning hours of Sept. 24 last year.
Air Force prosecutors allege the staff sergeant was too drunk to consent to sex with Hicks and Airman 1st Class Ashley Rains.
In a separate court-martial last week, a military judge sentenced Rains to four months in a military prison for her role that evening. She was accused of rape and sodomy but pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal to two lesser charges of committing an indecent act on another.
On Wednesday, the court began selecting a jury of servicemembers to hear the trial against Hicks. Military Judge (Col.) Gordon Hammock told panel members the trial could last until Friday or longer, adding that 10 witnesses could testify.