By Debbie Gregory.
Col. Eugene Caughey, currently assigned to Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, has been charged with rape, assault and adultery, dating back to 2013, according to court documents.
Caughey is accused of raping a woman at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, in late 2014 or early 2015 while “holding her against the wall and floor using physical strength or violence.” If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
The 23-year Air Force veteran is also charged with six counts of committing adultery, taking obscene “selfies” of his exposed genitals while in uniform, and groping women on two occasions.
Caughey was formerly second in charge of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever. The unit oversees navigation and communication satellites. He was responsible for running a 22-nation missile defense wargame in 2014 for U.S. Strategic Command.
Caughey has been in the Air Force for 23 years, and is one of the 9/11 Pentagon survivors. “I was a captain inside the Pentagon that morning when a plane crashed into the west side of the building,” Caughey wrote on the Schriever Air Force Base website.
He is currently assigned to Air Force Space Command.
Of course, this is not the first time a military officer has been accused of sexual misconduct. In another high profile case, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, the Army general at the center of a sexual misconduct case that put the military justice system itself on trial, was spared prison and sentenced to a reprimand and a $20,000 fine, a shockingly light punishment. If Sinclair had not announced his retirement, an Army disciplinary board would have almost certainly forced him into it.
Caughey’s hearing is scheduled for a March 17th, at which time it will be determined if there is sufficient evidence for a court-martial.