Man found guilty of sexual abuse in incident on Kirtland Air Force Base


            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A federal jury on July 30 found Zechariah Freemen, 45, guilty of sexual abuse. Freemen will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

            Freeman was indicted on Jan. 9, 2020. According to the indictment and other court records, on the evening of June 15, 2019, Freeman, a civilian, attended a gathering at a house on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, where the victim was also present. In the early morning hours of June 16, 2019, Freeman sexually abused the victim while she was physically incapable of declining or communicating her unwillingness to participate.

            Freeman faces up to life in prison, up to five years of supervised released, up to a $250,000 fine and restitution. Freeman will be required to register as a sex offender.

            The United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Letitia Simms and Sarah Mease are prosecuting the case.

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