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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — An Air Force staff sergeant pleaded guilty at a court-martial Wednesday to trying to get a 13-year-old girl to have sex with him and pose for nude photographs.

Staff Sgt. Brian D. Bishop, an assistant chief of weather flight operations with the Ramstein-based 86th Operations Support Squadron, will be sentenced Thursday. He faces a maximum punishment of 22 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.

During the trial, Bishop admitted to sending the girl, the daughter of a U.S. servicemember, an e-mail last August asking if he could take pictures of her for money. The girl had put up fliers advertising her services as a baby sitter in housing, and Bishop said he got her e-mail from a co-worker.

The mother of the girl found the e-mail and sent it to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, sparking an investigation.

Special agents testified Wednesday that they set up an undercover operation, using the girl’s e-mail account to correspond with Bishop. During the e-mail exchanges, Bishop agreed to pay $300 for the girl to pose nude and another $100 to have sex with him, Special Agent Carlita Scott testified.

He wrote asking if she was “willing to do anything sexual” and “are you a virgin?” He said he agreed to set up a meeting with the girl not knowing that special agents were on the other end of the e-mails.

When he went to an abandoned apartment in base housing, Air Force special agents and German police were waiting. A German law enforcement officer apprehended him, searched his car and later searched his house in Vogelbach. They performed the searches without a search warrant, and a German police officer testified that he didn’t need a warrant because of a “danger in delay” rule in Germany.

Although German authorities conducted the searches, they turned over the case to the Air Force and two computers seized from Bishop’s home.

Air Force special agents searched the computer hard drives, but defense lawyers argued that they did it illegally because they didn’t have a warrant.

The military judge agreed and threw out the evidence obtained from the computers, which led prosecutors to drop an additional charge of having threesome sex with two other servicemembers at work.

Bishop had faced charges of performing oral sex on a female active-duty servicemember while a male servicemember watched and also performing oral sex on the male servicemember while the female watched.


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