Airman convicted of sexual assault

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  • By Geoff Janes
  • Robins Public Affairs
A Team Robins Airman pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday for taking nude photos of two females without their consent, sexual assault on an intoxicated female who was asleep and possession of five images of child pornography.

Staff Sgt. Jordan T. Monarch, 25, took the photos and committed the sexual assault in April and May 2012. The accused downloaded the images of child pornography while deployed in Iraq in 2009; they were later discovered on his computer during the investigation into the 2012 offenses.

In a statement to the court, the defendant expressed remorse for his actions. "I betrayed ... everything that I stand for, what I signed for, what I took an oath for. As a United States Airman .... I'm supposed to be a protector of the force. I'm not supposed to be this person that I've turned into."

At the general courts martial, Capt. Vincent Romano, Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, told the military judge that the Airman's actions warranted a severe sentence.

"Military service is a privilege," he said. "As service members, we are held to a higher standard, and required to uphold a code of conduct. If we fail to do so, we should be denied this privilege, and removed from service."

"For crimes like these - specifically sexual assault - the individual should be given a punishment that both defines his service, and lets others both in and outside of the military know the consequences of such behavior," he added. "A dishonorable discharge will stick with (the defendant) for the rest of his life in the same way his conduct will forever be with the victims, and rightfully so."

Monarch, a staff sergeant in the 78th Air Base Wing, was sentenced by the military judge to five years, 11 months.

He also received a dishonorable discharge, reduction in rank to E-1 and total forfeiture of all pay and allowances. It has yet to be determined in what facility the convicted Airman will serve his sentence.