After 11 hours of deliberation, Airman 1st Class Matthew Thomas has been found guilty of attempting to commit a lewd act with a child under the age of 16. Thomas has been found not guilty on the second charge of attempting to persuade, induce, or entice a child under the age of 17.
Thomas is sentenced to 6 months confinement, dishonorable discharge, a forfeit of Air Force allowance, and a reduction in grade to E-1. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The panel started deliberation Wednesday around 2 p.m. The panel is made up of five officers. Four out of five must enter a guilty vote, for a guilty verdict to be returned to Airman Thomas. Any less than four guilty votes will result in an innocent verdict.
The court adjourned at 6 p.m. Wednesday with no verdict returned. The deliberation will continue Thursday at 8 a.m.