Air Force colonel headed to trial on allegations of rape, adultery and dirty selfie
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published: May 12, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Tribune News Service) — A Schriever Air Force Base colonel will head to court-martial in August on a pile of charges, including multiple instances of adultery and a sexual assault.
Prosecutors allege Col. Eugene Marcus Caughey's misconduct dates back to 2013. The rape allegation stems from a 2014 incident at Schriever, where prosecutors allege Caughey raped a woman "while holding her against the wall and floor."
The trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 8, Peterson Air force Base spokesman Steve Brady said.
Caughey, who was reassigned to Air Force Space Command headquarters pending his court-martial, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.
An evidence hearing in the case in March included a long walk through the married colonel's alleged love life, which prosecutors say included adulterous acts with a half-dozen mistresses.
He's also charged with taking an obscene selfie "while in uniform and seated in his office" at Schriever, one of the military's most secure and secretive bases.
Caughey's civilian lawyer, Ryan Coward, worked at the March hearing to portray several of the women as spurned lovers, driven by rage after they learned of Caughey's philandering ways. There was also a discussion about the colonel's mental health and whether that may have played a role in his conduct.
A 23-year Air Force veteran, Caughey's responsibilities have included running a 22-nation missile defense war game in 2014 for U.S. Strategic Command. At Schriever, he was the No. 2 officer in the wing.
Airmen under Caughey at Schriever operated some of the military's most critical satellite constellations including the Global Positioning System. Schriever airmen, who carry high security clearances, have traditionally had the lowest rates of criminal misconduct among the five bases in the Pikes Peak region.
Caughey is the highest-ranking Schriever airman to ever face courts-martial.
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