Court Martial Hearing - KAUZ-TV: Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Court Martial Hearing

Posted: Updated:

A Court Martial was held Monday at Sheppard Air Force Base to determine the fate of a 20 year old Airman.

The Court Martial was held for Airman First Class, Nicholas Busch.

Busch chose to be tried by a military judge only versus being tried by a jury.

Busch originally had 5 charges against him:
1. Fraudulent Enlistment
2. Absent without leave (AWOL)
3. Sign false official statement
4. Sexual abuse of a child; lewd act with indecent conduct
5. offenses under the assimilated act

However, Busch only pleaded guilty to 4 of the 5 charges. The 5th charge (Offenses under the assimilated act), was dismissed. 

During the trial, Busch said he knew he had provided false information to the Air Force Recruiter when he applied to enlist.

Busch also knew the age of the minor he was engaging in sexual activities with.

During the sentencing phase, prosecutors brought in about 6 witnesses, ranging from Busch's former probation officer to 2 agents who had worked on his case.

After an hour of deliberation, the judge sentenced Busch to 6 years confinement, forfeiture of all paid allowances, reduction in grade to E1 and dishonorable discharge.

To date, Busch has been confined for 102 days.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6

  • News HeadlinesNews HeadlinesMore>>

  • Harder Ground: Higher Risk

    Harder Ground: Higher Risk

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:25 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:25:05 GMT
    The drought isn't just affecting our lawns and the community.  It is having an impact on athletes and the risk of injury.
    The drought isn't just affecting our lawns and the community.  It is having an impact on athletes and the risk of injury.
  • Aggravated Robbery Suspect Behind Bars

    Aggravated Robbery Suspect Behind Bars

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:50:57 GMT
    A second of 3 suspects in an aggravated robbery is now behind arrest.
    A second of 3 suspects in an aggravated robbery is now behind arrest.
  • 1 Year West Texas Anniversary

    1 Year West Texas Anniversary

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:38:14 GMT
    Today marks 1 year since disaster touched the community of West, Texas.
    Today marks 1 year since disaster touched the community of West, Texas.