Airman faces sexual assault charges

Airman First Class Derick Ryan Thompson, of the 10th Medical Support Squadron, was accused of multiple counts of rape and sodomy while assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy Hospital and faces a court martial that begins on Monday, December 15th.

Thompson faces charges ranging from sexual assault, providing alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21, using a government-owned vehicle to purchase alcoholic beverages, and failure to obey an order from a superior.

The charging documents say Thompson’s alleged victims were not cadets at the academy but two female airmen. The charges allege that Thompson raped the airmen on Dec. 22, 2007, and on Jan. 3, Jan. 4 and Jan. 9, 2008.

Air Force prosecutors allege that at various times Thompson used his rank to coerce sex from the victims and attacked at least one of the victims while she was incapacitated. When Thompson was ordered by a master sergeant to stop all contact and communications with persons assigned to the 10th Medical Support Squadron, he disobeyed the order, the prosecutors allege.

If Thompson is found guilty of all sexual assault charges and specifications, he faces a maximum punishment of a dishonorable discharge, 57 years confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and reduction to the lowest enlist grade of E-1.

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