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Airman convicted of sexual assault

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A Team Robins service member was convicted late Saturday of sexually assaulting a female airman from his own unit. 

The defendant, a 16th Airborne Command Control Squadron senior airman, was sentenced to five years confinement in a general court martial convened by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander. 

The defendant also received a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to E1 and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. 

The five-day trial began Feb. 11. The court martial consisted of a panel of officers, who deliberated for several hours before reaching their verdict, according to Capt. Jonathan Terry, 78th Air Base Wing assistant staff judge advocate. 

The 23-year-old airman pleaded not guilty to violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, following an incident that occurred March 3, 2013 during a house party in Byron. 

The morning after the incident, the female victim - also a senior airman - consulted with a physician before notifying authorities she had fallen asleep after a night of drinking and thought she may have been sexually assaulted. 

The convicted airman was later brought into the Office of Special Investigations for questioning. It has yet to be determined in what facility the convicted airman will serve his sentence. 

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