Female Airman court-martialed for making false claims of sexual assault.
If you have been accused of sexual assault, you may feel like your career is over due to the current political and command focus on sexual assault in the military. Worse, you may feel that you are going to jail even if you did nothing wrong. It is a difficult position to be in. To be accused of sexual assault, when you know that it was consensual is not an easy thing. Your word against hers, may describe your situation. However, recently, the military has shown that it is taking false allegations from “victims” of sexual assault very seriously. In United States v. Neubauer, the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (AFCCA) recently affirmed court-martial convictions of a young female Airman for making ten false official statements relating to her false allegations of rape. In this case, the female Airman could not seem to stop lying to her supervisors about her whereabouts. As her lies dug deeper and deeper, she eventually ended up going to a hospital and claiming that she had been raped and was getting a rape kit done. The Airman even presented her supervisors with a false positive pregnancy test and asked an Airman that she had consensual sex with the night prior to lie about what had happened. Airman Neubauer’s false statements were not taken lightly by her command due to the political environment with regard to sexual assault in the military. He r command court-martialed her for her false statements among other non-related charges. Airman Neubauer pled guilty to her charges and was convicted. She was sentenced to a bad conduct discharge, 84 days in confinement and forfeiture of $1031.00 pay per month for 12 months. Despite her appeal, Airman Neubauer’s convictions and sentence were affirmed by the AFCCA. This case shows that while it is difficult to be under investigation for sexual assault when you know you are innocent, things can still go your way. It shows that the military courts are willing to prosecute those who make false allegations regarding sexual assault. There is hope for you. However, if you are facing sexual assault court-martial charges in the military, you need a strong advocate now more than ever. You need someone with experience who understands the political climate we currently live in and can speak to the command on your behalf. To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860-5769 for a free consultation.