Air Force general convicted of sexual abuse in first case of it’s kind

Air Force Maj. Gen. William T. Cooley has been convicted of the sexual abuse of his brother’s wife, according to a report by The Washington Examiner

Following the verdict, the head of the Air Force Research Laboratory was subject to a reprimand and a month’s monetary forfeiture for the sexual assault of his brother’s wife.

“Cooley, who became the first Air Force general to be found guilty of sexual abuse in the military branch’s history, will forfeit $10,910 each month for five months,” according to Military Times.

Cooley received his sentence on Tuesday by Col. Christina M. Jimenez, the senior military judge in the case which featured 10 witnesses, including the victim, family members, and friends.

The general was found to have forcibly kissed his brother’s wife in a vehicle following a Barbecue in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on August 12, 2018.

According to the victim the alleged assailant asked her for a ride home that evening because he was under the influence of alcohol and during the ride Cooley reportedly told her he had fantasized about a sexual relationship with her.

The accused assailant reportedly pressed the victim up against the driver’s side window and forcibly kissed and groped her through her clothing.

“He was accused of one charge of sexual assault under Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice with three specifications,” the Examiner reported.

He was found guilty of “kissing her on the lips and tongue, with an intent to gratify his sexual desire,”  but he was found not guilty on two additional counts of sexual aggression.

“This case demonstrates the commitment of Air Force leaders to fully investigate the facts and hold Airmen of any rank accountable for their actions when they fail to uphold Air Force standards,” Col. Eric Mejia, the staff judge advocate for Cooley’s command, said in a statement.