Altus airmen convicted for drinking romp with underage girls

by Phillip O'Connor Modified: February 7, 2014 at 12:00 pm •  Published: February 6, 2014

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.

by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently...
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