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USAF top kick could face court-martial

DAYTON, Ohio, May 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force says it has begun hearings in the case of a top enlisted man facing allegations of sexual harassment, adultery and other offenses.

Chief Master Sgt. William C. Gurney was removed from his top enlisted man's job at the Air Force Materiel Command in November 2009, The (Dayton, Ohio) Daily News reported Wednesday.

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The hearing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will determine if Gurney will face a military court-martial on the charges, the newspaper said.

Gurney allegedly e-mailed seminude pictures of himself to Air Force enlisted women, asked for pictures of their breasts, and touched the breasts and buttocks of subordinates, Air Force officials said.

He is also charged with indecent exposure, dereliction of duty and having unprofessional relationships with female Air Force subordinates, records show.

Air Force Col. Michael O'Sullivan, presiding as investigative officer at the hearing, will write a final report and make recommendations whether to refer Gurney for a court-martial or impose a lesser punishment.

Gurney is still on active duty at the Wright-Patterson headquarters of AFMC but is no longer in a supervisory position, the Daily News said.

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