Air Force sergeant admits to sexually abusing two young girls

Date: 2015-05-12

By Barry Davis

Air Force sergeant Travis Yates will spend the next 37 years behind bars.

This comes after Yates admitted last year to sexually molesting two young girls, one only 15 years old at the time.

Along with the prison term, Yates has also forfeited any pay and allowances, was reduced to grade E-1 and dishonorably discharged.

According to reports, the allegations surfaced after the youngest of the two girls moved out to California to live with her grandmother. One girl said her grandmother was talking about how one of her other grandchildren had been sexually molested, when she confessed to her grandmother that Yates had molested her and another family member.

From there, the young woman, who is now 20 years old, said they called Yates' wife and told her about it.

She said the wife was upset, but believed her. They then called Yates, who was in Florida at the time. When Yates returned to his home base, the Air Force OIG was called in.

One member of the biological family said it took way too long for the Air Force to prosecute and sentence Yates.

The young woman said she thinks the Air Force handled things well. She said they were with her through every step of the process, and even flew her to San Antonio last week to testify at Yates trial.

The member of the biological family said they asked the Air Force in September of last year to remove Yates from his home because there was another young girl, 14, living there, as well as two young boys. They also said they were told the Commander of the base was not willing to do that.

KENS 5 requested an on-camera interview with the public information officer for Joint Base San Antonio but he refused. We were told if we sent a list of questions they would try to answer them for us. Along with that list of questions we sent a written request for an interview.

As of the posting of this article they have not responded.


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