AFCCA affirms an informant’s guilty pleas to “making 10 false official statements, all related to a false claim that she had been sexually assaulted”
We noted the Air Force’s use of junior enlisted personnel as confidential informants in this post from 2013. Then, in this post from 2014, we noted this Daily Beast story about one such informant who alleged that she was sexually assaulted, but the allegation was suspected to be fraudulent.
A reader tipped me off to an opinion issued by the AFCCA on Thursday, in which it affirms that same informant’s pleas of guilty to numerous offenses, including “making 10 false official statements, all related to a false claim that she had been sexually assaulted.” United States v. Neubauer, No. S32308, slip op. at 1 (A.F. Ct. Crim. App. Mar. 10, 2016) (link to slip op.). The opinion provides details about the false claim. The appellant was sentenced to confinement for 4 months, forfeiture of $1,031 pay per month for 12 months, and a bad-conduct discharge. A pretrial agreement capped confinement at 84 days.