A US Air Force Reservist stationed at Dover Air Force Base has joined the troublingly-large number of personnel at the base who have been sexually involved with teenage girls.
34-year-old AFRES loadmaster Staff Sergeant Byron P. White was taken into custody on Tuesday after an investigation revealed that he had raped and subsequently impregnated a fourteen-year-old girl, according to the Delaware State Police.
White’s arrest comes just a week after fellow Dover airman was charged with raping a 14-year-old runaway and a little over a month after another airman from the same station was sentenced for a similar offense. To make matters worse, another airmen involved in the latter incident is facing sentencing later this month.
Dover Air Force Base is home to both airlift units and the largest Department of Defense mortuary, which has traditionally prepared the bodies of combat-killed servicemembers for transport and subsequent burial.
The fourteen-year-old girl involved in White’s case had been romantically involved with him since May of 2017. The pair had reportedly engaged in sexual encounters at White’s home, eight miles outside of the base. During this time, White had been on both Active and Reserve status.
For Dover Air Force Base officials, the rash of notoriety when it comes to airmen sexually abusing teenage girls has become a public relations nightmare.
“One assault is one too many. Sexual assault is a crime and it violates our Air Force core values and is not conducive to the Air Force way of life,” base spokeswoman Lt. Katherine Sanner told Military.com. “Although leaders talk to their airmen daily, base leadership is putting special emphasis and importance on initiating specific discussions this week due to recent incidents.”
The incident remains under investigation.
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