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NCO convicted at Court-Martial for indecent acts

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A staff sergeant assigned to the 576th Flight Test Squadron was sentenced with a reduction to airmen basic, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, 16 months confinement, and a Bad Conduct Discharge, for indecent acts on two separate occasions, at a general court-martial July 14.

Staff Sgt. Ivan Flores pleaded guilty before a military judge to two specifications of indecent acts, both a violation of Article 120, Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Flores' misconduct was discovered when the owner of a local restaurant reported his misconduct to local law enforcement authorities. An investigation revealed that on two separate occasions, Flores exposed himself and masturbated while at a drive-thru window where two employees, one a minor, witnessed his misconduct.

Capt. Jazmine Russell, the government trial counsel, presented the evidence to the military judge, while Maj. Jeremy McKissack and Capt. Matthew Bush defended Flores. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Ferguson was the military judge who presided over the court proceedings.

Court-martial proceedings take place in the courtroom at the Vandenberg Air Force Base legal office in Building 10577. The next court-martial is scheduled for Sept. 12.