A Sheppard Air Force Base airman is facing sex crime charges from the military in connection with a 14-year-old girl, according to officials and court documents.
Senior Airman Dylan Andrew Jack was charged Friday with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, SAFB spokesman George Woodward said in an emailed statement.
Jack is charged with committing sexual acts on a minor in 2019, Woodward said.
“An Article 32 hearing — similar to a preliminary hearing in the civilian justice system —is pending scheduling,” Woodward said.
“If the Article 32 hearing determines further action is warranted, a court-martial will be scheduled,” he said.
Woodward added that those accused under the UCMJ are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Jack, 24, remained in Wichita County Jail Friday on a federal hold, according to jail and court records.
Wichita County charges of aggravated sexual assault were dismissed against Jack so the military could handle the case, according to court records.
Air Force officials approached the DA’s Office and indicated Jack’s case was very important to the military, according to county officials.
The DA’s Office moved to dismiss child sexual assault charges against Jack to clear the way for the military to handle the case, according to county officials.
“The Judge Advocate at Sheppard AFB will recommend the commander prefers charges on this matter and it will be disposed of in a United States Military proceeding,” stated a Jan. 7 assistant DA’s motion to dismiss.
To prefer charges means to initiate charges. Members of the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps deal with military legal issues and military justice.
Jack was first indicted in federal court.
On Nov. 5, a federal grand jury indicted him on a child enticement charge, according to federal court records.
Jack has pleaded not guilty to the federal charge, according to federal court records.
On Dec. 4, a Wichita County grand jury indicted Jack on two charges of aggravated assault of a child under 14, according to court records.
The state charge is punishable by up to life in prison.
Hailed as a top job performer, Jack was named Airman of the Year in 2018 at an 82nd Training Wing banquet on SAFB, as well as Outstanding Airman of the Year in 2018 at an Air Education and Training Command banquet, according to the Air Force.
Jack was a client systems technician with the 82nd Communications Squadron at the time of the award recognizing his work in 2017, according to the Air Force.
An Air Force investigator alleges Jack used a cell phone and the Internet to entice a child to engage in sexual activity from April 1 through Aug. 11, according to an unsealed complaint filed Sept. 25 in federal court.
Jack believed the child was 14, according to the complaint.
The complaint filed in the Wichita Falls Division of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas gave the following account:
A 14-year-old girl’s mother alleged Jack was having a sexual relationship with her daughter.
The mother had installed a parental control application on the girl’s cell phone to monitor her social media use.
The mother found out her daughter had been communicating with Jack for several months on Snapchat.
The phone’s GPS showed the girl left her home and went to the apartment complex where Jack lives on or about Aug. 9 and Aug. 10.
The mother also intercepted texts between her daughter and Jack describing a sexual encounter between them.
The girl told the mother that she sneaked out and met Jack. He drove her to his apartment where they had sex at his apartment Aug. 9 and Aug. 10.
Screenshots from the app showed the 14-year-old and Jack’s Snapchat communication in which he used the screen name “bornmonstrosity.”
When investigators interviewed the girl Sept. 4, she told them she met Jack at a mall and exchanged Snapchat information with him.
After investigators seized Jack’s phone, they discovered Snapchat messages between the two. The girl told Jack she was 14, and they discussed sexual activity.