ALTUS — Three airmen were convicted in separate courts-martial at Altus Air Force Base last week for supplying underage girls with alcohol, sneaking them onto the base and later lying about it.
The charges involved a Sept. 7, 2013 incident in which the airmen, all members of the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron, went to an off-base party with girls younger than 18, bought them alcohol and then brought two of the girls back to their base dormitory, where they were later discovered by security forces making routine checks, a base spokeswoman said.
Airman 1st Class Franklyn J. Frias, was charged with dereliction of duty for providing alcohol to a minor and bringing the girls into the dormitory against regulations. He also was charged with making a false official statement for signing a statement the night of the party saying the two girls had told him they were 18 and that they were never inside the dormitory and for signing another statement on Sept. 26, 2013 saying he hadn't provided alcohol.
Frias also was charged with obstruction of justice for conspiring with Airman 1st Class Mycknichol A. Pelotenia to provide false statements and with lying to investigators about whether the girls and Pelotenia attended the off-base party.
Frias was found guilty on all charges and a military judge sentenced him to reduction to the lowest rank, four months confinement and a bad conduct discharge.
Pelotenia was charged with dereliction of duty for improperly having an underage girl in his dorm room and making a false official statement. Prosecutors alleged Pelotenia attempted to deceive an investigator during a Sept. 30, 2013 interview when he said he'd never seen the girls before and that he hadn't been out with the two other airmen the night of the party.
Pelotenia was found guilty on all charges and sentenced to 45 days hard labor without confinement, forfeiture of $1,021 in pay and reduction to the lowest rank.
Prosecutors charged Airman 1st First Class Jonathan J. Daniels with dereliction of duty for providing alcohol to the girls and bringing them on base against regulations. He also was charged with making a false official statement for saying he was never in a car with the girls and that the only place he'd seen Pelotenia on the night in question was in the dorms.
A court found Daniels guilty only of the charge of making a false official statement. He was sentenced to reduction to the lowest rank, forfeiture of $1,500 in pay over three months and restricted to the base for 30 days.
Ages and hometowns of the airmen were not immediately available.