U.S. airman reduced two pay grades
RAF MILDENHALL, England — An airman with 16 years’ service will sacrifice nearly $900 a month in pay after being reduced two pay grades following a special court-martial.
Tech. Sgt. Thomas Robinson, of the 100th Security Forces Squadron, was found guilty by a panel of officers and enlisted members of two counts of disorderly conduct bringing discredit on the armed forces. He was reduced in rank to senior airman.
In the three-day trial that wrapped up Wednesday, Robinson was acquitted on four counts of disorderly conduct and one count of assault culminating in battery. Robinson also is confined to RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath for 60 days.
The charges resulted from Robinson’s actions between December 2001 and January 2004. He was said to have entered the private yards of people in the village of Lakenheath at night, sometimes peering into windows. Capt. Steve Sollinger, who prosecuted the case, said residents began referring to him as “the prowler.”
“The British police received numerous complaints,” Sollinger said.
Robinson, who entered a plea of innocent to all charges, was found guilty of one incident that occurred in January 2002 and another in March 2002.
Each time he was seen by residents after setting off motion-sensitive lights.