Misawa airman jailed for sexual acts with teen
MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Another airman here has lost his military career over illegal sexual behavior with a base high school student.
The latest to get the boot was Airman Antonio L. Wilson, 20, with the 373rd Support Squadron.
In a special court-martial Wednesday at Misawa, Wilson pleaded guilty to multiple occasions of carnal knowledge with a minor under the age of 16.
The relationship with the 15-year-old girl was consensual, but under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the age of legal consent is 16, said Capt. Michael Brusca, the lead prosecutor in Wilson’s case.
Wilson also pleaded guilty to violating a no-contact order from his commander involving the same girl, the daughter of an enlisted servicemember at Misawa, according to military officials.
Col. Steven A. Hatfield, chief military judge for the Pacific Circuit, punished Wilson with a bad-conduct discharge, nine months confinement and reduction in rank to E-1.
A day before, in the same courtroom, Hatfield sentenced James N.P. Bland, a 23-year-old senior airman with 35th Security Forces Squadron, to 15 months in jail, a bad-conduct discharge and reduction in rank to E-1. Bland pleaded guilty to sexually fondling a 14-year-old high school girl on three different occasions outside an off-base convenience store last spring.
Wilson met the teenager he became involved with last fall, while volunteering with a buddy to help the Edgren High School girls’ basketball team with pre-season conditioning, Brusca said in an interview.
The relationship started sometime in October, after Wilson’s volunteer duties at the high school were over, Brusca said. On Nov. 30, the teenager was found in Wilson’s on-base room during a random dormitory inspection, Brusca said.
The airman was given a no-contact order Dec. 1 but continued seeing the girl. On Jan. 22, 2007, the teenager sneaked out of her house in the middle of the night, Brusca said. Her parents called security forces.
“Security forces went over to the dorm room. She starts to crawl through a window — the dorm room is on the first floor — and security forces is standing right there,” Brusca said. Eventually, Wilson also came out of the room.
Wilson was expected to serve his jail sentence somewhere other than Misawa, officials said. In exchange for his guilty pleas, Wilson’s case was referred to special court-martial, instead of general, limiting maximum confinement to 12 months.
Brusca said that Wilson was told the girl was 15. Apparently “love conquers all, except the UCMJ,” he said.