Trial Set for Air Force Chief Accused of Harassment

Brett Blume

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) –  Court-martial proceedings will be held in Metro East Illinois for an Ohio-based chief master sergeant accused of sexually harassing 10 female subordinates.

William Gurney is scheduled to go on trial Monday at Scott Air Force Base near Mascoutah, with expectations the
proceedings might last a week.

Gurney is a 27-year Air Force veteran who was the top-ranking enlisted man at the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, when the allegations surfaced in 2009.

Gurney has been assigned to administrative duties. He hasn’t commented publicly and hasn’t entered a plea.

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  • Jeffrey Ziegler

    I find it personally depressing, as a military retiree and someone who has given his entire adult life (proudly) to service in the US Army, that the national press is very “selective” in who it vilifies in its newspapers. Air Force Chief Master Sgt William Gurney deserves what he got as punishment no doubt. Then take disbarred lawyer US Army ex-Major Daniel Woolverton who recently pleaded guilty in VA court to forcible sodomy with an infant and he is now in prison for 37 years. This is in addition to his previous guilty plea in federal court last year where he was sentenced to 27 years in prison for filming himself raping an infant and then sharing the video with an undercover FBI agent. Google Daniel Woolverton and read everything from the FBI press release to his court conviction in Arlington County. Not only did this NOT MAKE ONE national newspaper but NOT ONE WORD was mentioned in the military-oriented and historical Stars and Stripes – plus the Army Times did its best to squelch the story until it was “shamed” into printing a diluted version. All thanks to General Dana Chipman, the Army’s top lawyer!

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