by Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs
11/14/2015 - MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- A
technical sergeant assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing was convicted in a
trial by general court-martial that began on November 11, 2015 and
concluded on November 14, 2015.
Tech. Sgt. Aaron Allmon was convicted of maltreating two junior female
Airmen by making repeated verbal comments of a sexual nature and making a
false statement to investigators. He was found not guilty of sexually
harassing a female civilian coworker, communicating threats to a
coworker and junior Airman, and assaulting a female noncommissioned
officer. Sergeant Allmon chose to be tried by military judge alone,
instead of a panel of officers or officer and enlisted members. The
presiding judge sentenced him to reduction to the grade of Staff
Sergeant and 30 days confinement.
The core values of Integrity, Service, and Excellence are foundational
to our Air Force. We build on them by reinforcing and fostering a
culture of dignity and respect where alleged victims are empowered to
report crimes and those accused of a crime are presumed innocent until
proven guilty. In all cases and for all allegations, we respect the due
process of law and ensure trials are fair and just. In this case, the
military judge determined Sergeant Allmon's guilt on two charges was
proven beyond a reasonable doubt and found Sergeant Allmon not guilty on
The government and the defense each presented a full case, including the
testimony of over 20 witnesses during the course of the weeklong trial.
Sergeant Allmon was represented by civilian defense counsel he elected
to retain as well as military defense counsel provided at no cost to
him. The trial occurred after an earlier investigative hearing, similar
in some respects to a civilian grand jury hearing, that consolidated
the charges for trial.
The case demonstrates the Air Force's commitment to tackling sexual
harassment, which is on the continuum of harm that includes sexual
assault. Each and every allegation is taken seriously, investigated
fully, and adjudicated fairly, regardless of the gender, race, sexual
orientation, or rank of the accused or accuser. The Air Force also
remains dedicated to a system of military justice that guarantees
fundamental fairness to all, especially those accused of a crime, and
ensures a disciplined Air Force committed to the mission of national
security and defense.