(Omaha, NE) An Airman with more than sixteen years in the Air Force was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading no contest to attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child.
Master Sergeant Jason T. Gibson, 41, had his charge reduced to attempted assault in exchange for him agreeing to plead no contest. Instead of receiving the fifty years in prison he originally faced, he will have to complete five years of probation and register as a sex offender after his jail sentence.
The victim, who was fifteen years of age at the time of the crime, now 16, was spared from having to testify in court by Gibson’s plea of no contest. Gibson’s co-defendant, Klint Bitter, chose to plead not guilty and the victim is expected to testify in court.
Sarpy County prosecutors allege that Bitter, employed at the time as a pastor at Christ Community Church in Omaha, had sex with the same child as Gibson in February.
Prosecutors say Gibson and Bitter, 34, contacted a 19-year-old high school football player, DeArch Stubblefield, to arrange a meeting with the female victim. Stubblefield has since pleaded guilty to attempted human trafficking, attempted aiding, abetting first-degree sexual assault of a child, and possession of child pornography.
He originally faced a maximum of 72 years in prison but prosecutors dropped an additional charge of child abuse. He is scheduled to be sentenced this month.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Sarpy County Deputy Attorney Phil Kleine said Gibson “has no one to blame but himself. He made the choice to contact (Stubblefield) and he made the choice to have sex and he made the choice to pay money.”
Kleine told the judge that Gibson responded to a Craigslist ad to set up a meeting with the girl in his home. Kleine contested Gibson’s defense, which claimed that Stubblefield told him she was 18 years of age.
“I have met with this girl, and she doesn’t weigh 100 pounds soaking wet,” Kleine said, according to the Omaha World-Herald. “There is no way she doesn’t look like a kid.”
The Air Force said it will begin proceedings to remove Gibson from the service. He was booked in the Sarpy County to serve his sentence on Wednesday.
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