Lakenheath sergeant gets 47 years for child sex offences
A USAF sergeant described as a ‘multi-child molester’ has been jailed for 47 years after a court martial at RAF Lakenheath.
The USAF Office of Special Investigations (OSI) on Thursday posted a brief report on Facebook of the conviction earlier this month of formerTechnical Sergeant Brandon S Justice who was found guilty by a military judge of ‘multiple specifications of sexual assault’.
He was charged under the US military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) with abusive sexual contact, aggravated sexual contact with a child, sexual abuse of a child and viewing/possessing child pornography.
Justice, who is understood to have rented property in Red Lodge before moving to base housing in Lords Walk, Eriswell, was sentenced ‘47 years confinement’, was reduced in rank to Airman Basic and given a dishonourable discharge.
The OSI says his term of confinement is capped at 35 years in accordance with his pre-trial agreement.
The report says the OSI’s Detachment 512, based at RAF Lakenheath and RAF Mildenhall, received a formal complaint against Justice in October 2015, alleging various crimes against both child and adult victims.
After being questioned, Justice ‘made a number of incriminating statements to investigators’.
The OSI obtained the legal authority to search Justice’s home to seize evidence, then questioned him further. As a result of his statements made in multiple interviews, and other evidence gathered, Justice was ordered into pre-trial confinement at RAF Lakenheath.
Brig Gen Keith Givens, OSI Commander, told Detachment 512: “Excellent work putting this multi-child molester behind bars for a very long time. I know this was a complex case to prove, but you persevered.”
He particularly praised Special Agent Keith Harper for leading the investigation.
Col David Eaglin, Lakenheath’s 48th Fighter Wing Vice Commander, said: “Certainly for the victims, we are grateful the trial resulted in a conviction, and hopefully the outcome will provide the victims and their families with some closure.”