U.S. airman in Italy held in connection with child-sex investigation
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An airman assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing has been detained by Italian authorities in relation to a pedophilia investigation in the Camp Darby area, according to a wing spokesman.
Details about the suspect or any alleged victims could not be released, said Capt. Erick Sacks, chief of public affairs for the wing. He said the airman is in Italian custody, and Italian and American authorities are conducting a joint investigation.
Sacks said the U.S. military had not filed any charges in the case as of Tuesday afternoon, and he was not aware Italian authorities had filed charges.
The Italian news service ASCA reported Tuesday that a 28-year-old sergeant was arrested on charges of aggravated sexual assault and the production of child pornography with a 7-year-old girl.
The U.S. often asks for jurisdiction to try servicemembers accused of crimes in Italy in its own military justice system. Sacks said it was “too early” in the investigation to determine if that would be the case or if charges would be filed.
Camp Darby is a small Italian base between Pisa and Livorno used by the Army and Air Force. Aviano has jurisdiction over airmen stationed there and Vicenza handles soldiers based there.