By: Bill Waters
Jan 28, 2021
Air Force chief convicted sexual harassment case sentencing in Ohio. Air Force Chief has been convicted of sexual harassment. Master Sgt. William Gurney apologized to his female colleagues for making advances toward them.
The Air Force sexual harassment sentencing hearing was held at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois. The Chief Master Sgt. sobbed as he asked for forgiveness. He was convicted but acquitted on three counts alleging he fondled one woman and twice abused his authority.
Prior to the hearing, he pleaded guilty to 13 counts alleging sexual misconduct and adultery. The 27-year-old Air Force veteran faces up to 16 1/2 years in jail and a possible dishonorable discharge. Gurney says his misconduct exposed his family to public ridicule for what he called his “double life.”
In addition, he said that he failed the military. Gurney was a senior official at Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base when the allegations surfaced in 2009. Sentencing on all 15 counts begins Friday morning.