An Air Force colonel with nearly 20 years of service was found not guilty of sexual assault during his court-martial last week.
Col. David Cockrum, former commander of the 51st Medical Group at Osan Air Base, South Korea, was found not guilty of two specifications of sexual assault and one specification of abusive sexual contact in violation of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Pacific Air Forces spokesman Col. David Honchul told Air Force Times on Tuesday.
Cockrum was found guilty of one charge of conduct unbecoming an officer. According to court documents, he faced that charge because he did “knowingly fraternize with enlisted persons, on terms of military equality … such conduct being to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces,” between July 2014 and March 2015.
The military judge sentenced him to 30 days confinement, forfeiture of $5,000 pay per month for eight months ($40,000 total), and a reprimand, Honchul said.
Cockrum was originally charged with four specifications of sexual assault and one specification of conduct unbecoming of an officer, according to a Nov. 18 statement from the 7th Air Force.
Cockrum was relieved of command March 5 due to “information regarding fraternization and unprofessional relationships,” according to an Air Force statement at the time. The 7th Air Force said Cockrum was officially charged on Sept. 3.