- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP) - An Air Force commander has upheld the seven-month confinement term of a master sergeant convicted of sexually assaulting a female he was supervising at a southwestern Illinois air base.

The Belleville News-Democrat (https://bit.ly/1sT8vMS) reports that as commander of the 18th Air Force based at Scott Air Force Base, Lt. Gen. Carlton Everhart upheld the sentence of Thomas Fry.

Fry’s sentence also included a reduction in his enlisted grade, and a bad-conduct discharge.

The Air Force announced in September that Fry was convicted of sexual assault and abusive sexual contact linked to what prosecutors said was his attempt to have sex with the victim in October 2013 as she slept.

Fry had claimed that he was intoxicated and that he mistook the victim for his wife.

Fry remains jailed in Virginia.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, https://www.bnd.com

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