Chief Master Sergeant Pleads Guilty in Sexual Misconduct Case

Jose BarrazaU.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt Jose Barraza

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A former 12th Air Force command chief master sergeant pleaded guilty to 17 Uniform Code of Military Justice charges, including two sexual misconduct charges, in front of a military judge Thursday.

Chief Master Sgt Jose A. Barraza was sentenced to 10 months’ confinement, reduction in rank to E-4 and a reprimand, according to a release from Air Combat Command.

Barraza’s court-martial was held this week at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, in front of Col Shelly W. Schools, the judge who handed down his sentence.

Barraza, formerly a member of the 12th Air Force commander’s advisory team,originally faced 15 violations under the UCMJ, but the service in May added two sexual misconduct specifications under Article 120c after an Air Force Office of Special Investigations inquiry, officials told Military.com at the time.

UCMJ Article 120c charges stipulate offenses such as indecent viewing, recording or broadcast, forcible pandering, or indecent exposure. The rule was added in 2012 to address miscellaneous sexual misconduct.

The original charges include one specification for willfully disobeying an order, seven specifications for dereliction of duty, two specifications for making false official statements, and five specifications for obstruction of justice in violation of UCMJ Articles 90, 92, 107 and 134 respectively, according to a statement from the command.

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