Wed, May 14, 2003
Air Force to Hear Evidence
An Article 32 hearing in Colorado Springs (CO) for Cadet 3rd
Class Douglas L. Meester is set for today, May 14, to determine if
there is enough evidence to forward his case to a court-martial or
make recommendations for an alternate action.
Charges were preferred against Meester, a sophomore, on May 13
for violations of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. He is
charged with violating Article 120, for rape; Article 125, for
forcible sodomy; Article 133, for conduct unbecoming by providing
alcohol to minors; and Article 134, for indecent assault.
The freshman cadet from Pennsylvania who immediately
reported she had been raped was repremanded for
fraternizing with older cadets, and for drinking, in the October
18, 2002, event. No one other than Meester has been charged in the
The Associated Press said, "The [Air Force] Academy near
Colorado Springs has been under scrutiny for months since dozens of
female cadets said they were reprimanded or ostracized when they
reported being raped. The school's top officers have been
reassigned, and the Air Force and Defense Department are
investigating what went wrong."
If these offenses go to court-martial, Meester faces a maximum
punishment of confinement for life, forfeiture of all pay and
allowances, and dismissal from the Air Force.
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