Sergeant guilty in dorm room rape at Osan
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — An Air Force staff sergeant was convicted Tuesday of breaking into another airman’s dorm room and raping her.
Sentencing proceedings were to begin Wednesday morning in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Charlie Parker Jr. of the 607th Air and Space Communications Squadron.
Parker faces a maximum penalty of life in prison, reduction to pay grade E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge.
Air Force Col. Steven A. Hatfield, chief military judge for the Pacific Circuit, found Parker guilty Tuesday afternoon in a trial that began that morning.
Parker had opted to be tried by military judge alone instead of a jury.
He was charged with rape and burglary with intent to commit rape.
Hatfield acquitted Parker of the burglary charge and instead found him guilty of unlawful entry.
After Hatfield announced his verdict and recessed the court, the victim, seated in the rear of the courtroom, hunched forward and began crying silently. Several fellow airmen went quickly to her side.
The rape occurred the night of April 8, 2006, inside an on-base dormitory.
The woman testified Tuesday she had become acquainted with Parker on base before the rape. Indeed, she acknowledged, after being out drinking one night a week before the rape, she had invited Parker to her room.
“I remember telling him I didn’t want anything to happen,” she said.
The two kissed for about 30 minutes but after he twice put his hand under her shirt, she asked him to leave and he did.
A week later she had returned to her room after a night of heavy drinking, she testified, and when she awoke, Parker was raping her.
“I was shocked,” she testified. “I didn’t remember if I had let him into my room. When I looked up, his face was like, right here,” she said and held her hand just a few inches beyond her face.
Special Agent Derrick Jackson of the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations testified that Parker lied initially when questioned.
Parker told OSI he had entered the woman’s room at her invitation. But when confronted with footprint and other evidence that he had entered through her window, he admitted that he had, Jackson testified.
No witnesses testified for the defense.
Throughout the day’s proceedings, the defense contended that the sex between Parker and the woman had been entirely consensual.
“She was having consensual sexual intercourse with a man” she’d spent time with before, said lead defense lawyer Capt. Elizabeth Pullin.
But lead prosecutor Maj. Jeffrey Ferguson told the judge Parker had lied repeatedly and should not be believed. And he said the amount of alcohol the woman had drunk made consensual sex “impossible.”
Assistant prosecutor in the case was Capt. Patrick Schwomeyer. Assistant defense counsel was Capt. Mike Bibbo.