Osan airman gets 4 months in jail for camera theft
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — A senior airman from the 51st Security Forces Squadron was sentenced to four months’ confinement and a bad conduct discharge for stealing a digital camera from a dorm room and other offenses.
Richard E. Wilson also was reduced to the rank of E-1 during the one-day special court-martial presided over by military judge Lt. Col. Joseph Tock.
Wilson had entered a plea bargain with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty to one specification of larceny, three specifications of making a false official statement and dereliction of duty. Another charge of larceny was dropped under the plea bargain.
Air Force prosecutor Capt. Gabriel Chavez, with co-counsel Maj. Jeffrey Ferguson, said the investigation began when an airman reported the Aug. 10 theft of a $230 digital camera.
Wilson, whose duty with contractors gave him access to the dorm rooms, was investigated, and during a search of his room officials found two BB guns and a bottle of alcohol, leading to the dereliction of duty charge.
The camera wasn’t found during the search, but it was discovered in a security forces bathroom stall after Wilson asked to use the bathroom, Chavez said.