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Langley Air Force Base airman found guilty of sexually assaulting colleague

A gavel sits in the Luke Air Force Base courtroom Feb. 19. The legal office at Luke handles a multitude of cases involving adverse consequences and well as helping military personnel with their legal issues. (U.S. Air Force/Released)

An airman at Langley Air Force Base was found guilty last week of sexually assaulting a colleague.

On the night of December 6 “at or near Hampton,” Adam M. Rodela “did touch the breast and vulva of Airman First Class (redacted) with his hand, with an intent to gratify his sexual desire” without her consent, according to an Air Force charge sheet.

Unlike civilian court, the military does not generally release details about cases beyond the charge sheets. Langley’s public affairs office did not respond to a reporter’s question about whether the assault took place on base.

Rodela is assigned to Langley’s 1st Operations Support Squadron. According to the base’s website, the squadron is “responsible for all facets of airfield operations,” including air traffic control, aircrew life support and training, intelligence analysis and support, weapons and tactics training and more.

He entered the service for a six-year term in 2018.

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At a special court martial, Rodela was found guilty of violating the Uniformed Code of Military Justice section on sexual assault, according to a statement from Joint Base Langley-Eustis.

He was sentenced to a year’s confinement, a reprimand and a reduction in rank from E-3 to E-1.

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