Discharge for airman in sex case

By MONICA VAUGHAN | Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif. | Published: April 17, 2014

A senior airman at Beale Air Force Base accused of sexual assault will not stand trial and will be dishonorably discharged.

Aaron Michael Elliot, charged with military code violations of abusive sexual contact and sexual assault, was scheduled to face general court-martial proceedings this week.

Instead, Elliot requested he be discharged with an under other than honorable conditions service characterization, according to Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo.

The alleged victim supported the request, and 12th Air Force Commander Lt. Gen Wolters granted the request, Trujillo said.

The incidents were alleged to have occurred at a nightclub in Sacramento and at Elliot's residence in Roseville on Nov. 3, 2013.

Elliot was represented by a military defense counsel. The alleged victim was represented independently by a special victim counsel, who was not associated with the prosecution or the defense, according to Trujillo.

The alleged victim can still request that the district attorney in the county where the incidents occurred look into civilian criminal charges.

"However, if she didn't want to testify for the court-martial, she likely won't want to testify in a civilian court," according to Trujillo.

He said the military would share information with the local district attorney's office if asked.


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