Public prosecutors are investigating accusations of bullying and sexual assault by an airman against a fellow serviceman at an air force training center near Jiashan Airbase (佳山) in Hualien County.
After an investigation by prosecutors, information on the case was released yesterday on an incident that allegedly occurred last month at the Air Education Training and Doctrine Development Command Center.
The center, administered by the Air Force Institute of Technology, is located near and affiliated with Jiashan Airbase, which features underground hangars and is one of Taiwan’s most important military facilities on the east coast.
According to the military’s preliminary investigation, an airman first class surnamed Ma (馬), 25, allegedly forcefully performed oral sex on a junior airman, 22, at the center’s barracks on July 17.
Both Ma and the junior airman voluntarily enlisted in the armed forces and were assigned to the center.
After consuming alcohol that evening, Ma allegedly entered the junior airman’s room, proceeded to give him a full-body massage and then performed oral sex on the victim for about 10 minutes, according to military investigators.
According to investigators, the junior airman said he was afraid that Ma would bully or punish him, so he did not refuse the massage or having his pants pulled down, but repeatedly asked Ma to stop during the oral sex.
Ma reportedly works in the office of the joint chief of staff and allegedly used his seniority to bully subordinates.
After the preliminary investigation by the Military Police Corps, the case was sent to the Hualien District Prosecutors’ Office, while the victim has been transferred out of the center to work in another air force unit.
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