Air Force officer charged with rape and child molestation

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, June 22, 2013 21:08 EDT
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A U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel faces court-martial after being charged with assault, rape and lewd acts against a child for a series of alleged abuses over a six-year period in two states.

The Military Times reported on Thursday that Lt. Col. Reginald W. Kabban’s trial at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he is currently stationed, has been rescheduled for Sept. 23. Kabban was originally set to go to trial on June 10.

Prosecutors said Kabban’s attacks against the victim, a girl younger than 12 years old, allegedly occurred between August 2005 and November 2011 in Virginia and Ohio. Business Insider reported that Kabban was previously posted at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, close to the location of the initial assaults. He is accused of fondling, tripping, hitting the girl in the face and cutting her in the arm with a knife.

In May, Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, who led the USAF’s Sexual Assault Prevention office, was arrested for allegedly attacking a woman in a parking lot. A sexual assault “prevention and response” brochure was later revealed to advise victims, “It may be advisable to submit.”

On June 12, a proposal by Sen. Kristen Gillbrand (D-NY) granting civilian prosecutors jurisdiction over sexual assault cases against service members was taken out of a defense spending bill.

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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