The U.S. Air Force is moving to dismiss the rape case of a colonel found dead in his home, an official said.

While the legal proceeding against Col. Eugene Caughey is technically still in progress, a physical trial won’t occur and the case will ultimately be dismissed, an official told Military.com on Thursday.

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Caughey, 46, the former vice commander of the 50th Space Wing atSchriever Air Force Base, Colorado, who was awaiting court-martial on allegations of rape and adultery, was found dead Sunday at his home. The Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating the death as an apparent suicide.

Caughey was assigned to Air Force Space Command staff at Peterson. His court-martial was originally set to begin in August but he was granted a continuance. He was to start the proceeding Oct. 17 on charges of rape, assault, adultery and other lewd acts dating to 2013.

The 23-year veteran was formally charged Dec. 10 with rape and assault. He allegedly used “unlawful force” to hold a victim “against the wall and floor” while committing a sexual act sometime “in late 2014 or early 2015,” according to his charge sheet.

The colonel also took photos of his genitals while in uniform, and committed six counts of adultery, the documents state.

Military.com | Sep 29, 2016 |

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