SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE (AP) — An Air Force technical sergeant will spend 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to the rape of a child and desertion.
David Helm on Monday also pleaded guilty to illegally recording the private area of a woman. Helm entered the guilty pleas at the start of his court-martial on the charges.
The plea agreement dropped some the charges against him. In addition to the prison term, Helm was dishonorably discharged and forfeited all pay and allowances.
Helm was accused of sexually assaulting a young girl in 2013 and 2014, including at Illinois’ Scott Air Force Base. A woman also was allegedly assaulted.
Helm was declared a fugitive in June after missing his trial. He was later arrested in Nevada and charged with desertion.