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RAF MILDENHALL, England — The son of an Air Force sergeant stationed in Britain was convicted last week of molesting an American child whose mother was deployed.

Derrick Foster, 21, was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment Aug. 13 and will be deported when he has served his time, according to Samantha Sayer, a spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service, which worked the case against Foster.

Foster will also be placed on Britain’s sex offender registry.

The victim was a 7-year-old girl, according to local media reports.

It is Stars and Stripes policy not to identify victims of sexual assault.

Foster’s father is stationed at RAF Lakenheath, base officials confirmed Tuesday.

While the prosecutors refused to speak to Stripes about the case, Sayer confirmed details reported earlier this week in the Newmarket Journal.

Foster pleaded guilty to the charges on July 8 at the Bury St. Edmunds Magistrates Court, she said.

The assaults took place on two occasions in August 2007 when the victim was staying with friends of the family, the Newmarket Journal reported.

Foster’s family sent him back to the States after details of the assaults emerged, with Foster’s father telling the Ipswich Crown Court that he did so after getting advice from base legal officials that his son could deal with the situation from the U.S., the paper said. Foster later returned voluntarily to Britain.

Lakenheath spokeswoman Tech. Sgt. Jill Lavoie said Tuesday that the base’s legal staff would not have given such advice because Foster was a civilian and therefore subject to British jurisdiction.


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