USA Today: Air Force general charged with sexually assaulting civilian, could be court-martialed
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USA Today- November 10, 2020
WASHINGTON – The Air Force has charged a two-star officer with sexual assault, opening the possibility of the first court-martial for a general officer in its 73-year history.
Air Force Maj. Gen. William Cooley was charged with one count of sexual assault for an incident in August 2018 in which Cooley allegedly made unwanted sexual advances by kissing and touching a woman. The woman is a civilian and not a Defense Department employee, according to the Air Force.
Cooley will face an Article 32 preliminary hearing, similar to a civilian grand jury, on Jan. 27, where a senior military judge will review the charge. The judge could decide to send the case to a court-martial.
Cooley’s attorney refuted the allegations, saying the Air Force lacks evidence to support them and voicemail messages from witnesses undermine them.