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Airman Charged in Klapheke Case

On October 19, Senior Airman Christopher Perez, 7th Security Forces Squadron, was charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect.<br><br><br>
On October 19, Senior Airman Christopher Perez, 7th Security Forces Squadron, was charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect under Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), as well as adultery and child endangerment under Article 134 of the UCMJ, in relation to the case of Tiffany Klapheke.

Additionally, in an allegation which is not related to the Klapheke case, Senior Airman Perez was charged with wrongful sexual contact of an adult female under Article 120 of the UCMJ. 

The charges are only accusations and the accused is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty

Col. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander, has appointed an officer under Article 32 of the UCMJ to conduct a hearing to thoroughly investigate the charges.

Following the hearing, the investigating officer will make recommendations about the disposition of the allegations.

Possible dispositions of the charges range from dismissal to a General Court-Martial. The hearing will proceed at Dyess in the near future.
     
"The Air Force is committed to holding offenders accountable, but it is important to remember that those charged are innocent until they are proven guilty," said Col. VanHerck. "What happened to the Klapheke children was a terrible tragedy and every effort is being made to bring justice to those responsible for what happened to those children."

More information regarding this case will be released as it becomes available.

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