A civilian worker was hired at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and worked there for nine months while living uncomfortably close to a base child development center, despite making a series of horrific statements regarding child rape during a job interview with another federal agency, according to an Air Force Office of Special Investigations affidavit.
The 23-year-old man stated in his interview that he fantasized about raping underage girls, had communicated with underage girls, and had visited child pornography websites, according to a sworn affidavit authored by AFOSI Special Agent Teddi Rachell.
AFOSI was not notified of the interview until September 2018, the affidavit says. It's unclear with which agency he interviewed, and how or why the information was not immediately available to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
In his interview, the man allegedly stated he "was sexually attracted to girls as young as 6 years old, but preferred 10-year olds," the affidavit says. He also "detailed specific plans to engage in acts of 'rape' with minor girls" at his then-current place of work and former church.
Despite this, the man was hired in April 2018 as a health physicist, a Wright-Patterson press release states. He lived in a privatized base housing area near a child development center, according to a separate copy of the affidavit obtained by Task & Purpose.
The man had previously been under investigation by police in Fairfax County, Virginia in March 2018, but they did not proceed with criminal action because he "no longer resided or was present in their jurisdiction."
AFOSI took over the investigation in September 2018, but the man did not leave his position until January 23, 2019, according to the WPAFB press release. Upon starting the investigation, while the man was still employed, "security measures were in-place to monitor the individual's activities," the release says.
"The safety of our employees and family members at Wright-Patterson AFB is our most important responsibility. The moment our federal law enforcement teammates became aware of the situation, they took immediate and deliberate actions to investigate and ensure the safety of our family members was maintained," 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander Col. Tom Sherman said in the press release.
The man's name and sensitive information have been redacted from the affidavit as he has not yet been charged.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur.)
Defense officials will brief President Donald Trump's national security team on a plan that involves sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran, Task & Purpose has learned.
So far, no decisions have been made about whether to send the reinforcements to the region, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN's Barbara Starr.
"The military capabilities being discussed include sending additional ballistic missile defense systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles on submarines, and surface ships with land attack capabilities for striking at a long range," CNN reports. "Specific weapons systems and units have not been identified."
The thousands of sailors, Coasties and Marines who descend on New York City every year for Fleet Week are an awesome sight to behold on their own, but this year's confab of U.S. service members includes a uniquely powerful homecoming as well.
When an Air Force major called J.J. completed a solo flight in the U-2 in late August 2016 — 60 years after the high-flying aircraft was introduced — he became the 1,000th pilot to do so.
J.J., whose name was withheld by the U.S. Air Force for security reasons, earned his solo patch a few days after pilots No. 998 and No. 999. Those three pilots are in distinguished company, two fellow pilots said this month.
"We have a pretty small, elite team of folks. We're between about 60 and 70 active-duty pilots at any given time," Maj. Matt "Top" Nauman said during an Air Force event at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City.
"We're about 1,050 [pilots] right now. So to put that in context, there are more people with Super Bowl rings than there are people with U-2 patches," Nauman added. "It's a pretty small group of people that we've hired over the last 60 to 65 years."
In what appear to be his first public remarks on U.S. national security since his resignation as Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis offered a word of caution to President Donald Trump amid escalating tensions with Iran on Tuesday.
"The United States should buy time to keep peace and stability and allow diplomats to work diplomacy on how to keep peace for one more hour, one more day, one more week, a month or a year," Mattis said during remarks in the United Arab Emirates.
"Iran's behavior must change," Mattis added, "[but] the military must work to buy time for diplomats to work their magic."