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Pope Airman's Court-Martial Set For November

Posted October 26, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST

— A Pope airman is under military investigation for rape and possible involvement in child pornography.

Airman first class Scott Williams is charged with raping a married woman that he met over the Internet.

Williams met up with the woman at a Mississippi motel room more than one year ago. That is where he allegedly raped her. Air Force investigators say they also found child pornography on Williams' laptop computer.

Williams' defense attorneys say the sex was consensual and that their client did not commit these crimes. Tuesday, the judge granted the defense's motion to delay the trial. It is now scheduled for next month.

The judge did however make a very important ruling on a key witness in the case. An Air Force chaplain will not be allowed to testify. That is significant, because the chaplain was going to testify that Williams recanted a confession that he had given Air Force investigators.

The judge did say that if the defense attorneys offer a compelling argument, the chaplain still may be able to testify.

Williams remains on active duty pending the outcome of his November court-martial.