An Air Force fighter pilot was convicted of rape last week, nine years after he committed the crime against a young airman.
Lt. Col. Michael J. Briggs, an F-16 pilot who was the 52nd Fighter Wing chief of safety at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, was convicted on Aug. 7, according to Air Force officials, after a weeklong court-martial before a military judge.
The judge sentenced Briggs, 40, to five months in jail, dismissal from the Air Force and a reprimand.
The rape occurred in 2005 while Briggs was on a temporary duty assignment at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, officials said.
“This was a violent rape that left (the victim) bleeding and bruised,” said an Air Force official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to discuss the case.
“This was a case of us having a program in place, and her feeling empowered,” said Capt. Bryon McGarry, a Spangdahlem spokesman.
The staff sergeant contacted Air Force criminal investigations. Investigators taped a phone call she made to Briggs, discussing the long-ago event, according to the official familiar with the case.