May court-martial set for AF major accused of rape, assault

Associated Press Modified: March 16, 2011 at 7:45 pm •  Published: March 16, 2011
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MCT REGIONAL NEWS

By Tom Roeder

The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo.

(MCT)

March 16--A major at Air Force Space Command is set to be court-martialed in May on charges of rape and assault.

Maj. Jared R. Burdin is charged with forcibly raping a woman last summer at his home in Colorado Springs, according to the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base. A second charge accuses Burdin of assaulting a woman in September.

In military courts, rape can carry the same penalties as murder, including capital punishment.

In this case, Burdin faces a maximum of life behind bars.

A 13-year veteran of the Air Force, Burdin was charged with sexual assault in 4th Judicial District Court last year after he was arrested by El Paso County sheriff's deputies. The charges were dismissed by prosecutors on Dec. 21, eight days after Air Force prosecutors filed their rape charge.

A spokeswoman said the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office handed off the case to military authorities.

Burdin's attorney in the 4th Judicial District case did not return a phone call.

Even though the incidents allegedly took place off of a military base, the military can claim jurisdiction because Burdin wears the uniform.

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