Kunsan airman found innocent of rape charge
Stars and Stripes March 16, 2006
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — An airman accused of rape was found innocent Tuesday during his court-martial at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
The general court-martial of Senior Airman Wayne Williams began Monday before Air Force Lt. Col. Eric Dillow, military judge for the Pacific Circuit, out of Yokota Air Base, Japan. Williams had opted to be tried by military judge alone rather than a jury.
The case arose from an allegation made in October, according to officials at Kunsan’s 8th Fighter Wing, also known as the Wolf Pack.
According to the prosecution, Williams and a female airman, both Wolf Pack members, were socializing at the on-base Loring Club on Oct. 9.
They left the club when it closed at 2 a.m. and the female asked Williams to escort her to her dormitory. There — according to an accusation she brought to officials of her unit on Oct. 11 — while she was passed out from intoxication, Williams had sex with her.
Unit officials passed the woman’s allegation to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, leading ultimately to the court-martial.
Had Williams been found guilty, he could have faced a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Williams’ defense lawyers were Capt. Jonathan Wasden of Misawa Air Base, Japan, and Capt. Elizabeth M.D. Pullin of Yokota Air Base.
Prosecuting Williams were Capt. Adam Cook of Kunsan’s 8th Fighter Wing and Maj. Jeffrey Ferguson, circuit trial counsel of Yokota Air Base.