German woman testifies she was raped by Landstuhl airman
June 15, 2005
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — A 25-year-old German woman accused a U.S. servicemember at a court-martial Tuesday of raping her after a night of partying and drinking last fall.
The woman told jurors that she tried to stop Airman 1st Class Michael J. Briestensky on Sept. 25, 2004, but she was too drunk.
Briestensky, a biomedical equipment apprentice with the 435th Medical Squadron at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, pleaded not guilty and requested that a jury hear his case.
During opening arguments, his defense attorneys said the woman is not credible and made up the story so that her boyfriend, an Air Force airman, wouldn’t break up with her.
The woman, a civilian employee who works for the U.S. military, said she met Briestensky while at a downtown Kaiserslautern bar with friends. Later that evening, the group went to Briestensky’s dormitory room at Kapaun Air Station, where they planned to drink some more.
She said she passed out on Briestensky’s couch, and when she woke up was half-naked with him on top of her. She testified that she tried to push him off but couldn’t.
A witness for the defense, Airman 1st Class Bradley Snyder, said he saw the woman giving Briestensky oral sex. During cross-examination, however, he admitted he’d had at least 15 alcoholic drinks that night.
The court-martial resumes Wednesday at 9 a.m.