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Space Command colonel faces string of charges including rape, dirty selfie

January 15, 2016 Updated: January 15, 2016 at 6:05 am
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photo - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Marcus Caughey, 50th Space Wing vice commander, was the key speaker at Schriever Air Force Base's 911 ceremony held here Sept. 11.  The colonel gave personal accounts of the heroism he witnessed while working in the Pentagon on the day it was attacked in 2001.  The memorial ceremony featured a wreath placement as well as a moment of silence while the bell was wrung in three secessions of five rings to honor those lost 13 years ago.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Marcus Caughey, 50th Space Wing vice commander, was the key speaker at Schriever Air Force Base's 911 ceremony held here Sept. 11. The colonel gave personal accounts of the heroism he witnessed while working in the Pentagon on the day it was attacked in 2001. The memorial ceremony featured a wreath placement as well as a moment of silence while the bell was wrung in three secessions of five rings to honor those lost 13 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt) 

The former vice commander of Schriever Air Force Base's 50th Space Wing has been charged with rape, assault, adultery and a string of other crimes, documents released Thursday show.

Col. Eugene Marcus Caughey, now assigned to Air Force Space Command, is charged with misconduct dating back to 2013. The rape allegation stems from a late 2014 incident at Schriever, where prosecutors allege Caughey raped a woman "while holding her against the wall and floor."

A spokesman at Peterson Air Force Base said the military won't answer questions about Caughey, who is scheduled for a March 17 hearing to determine if there's sufficient evidence for a court-martial.

"To protect the rights of Col. Caughey and the integrity of ongoing legal proceedings, no other information about the case will be released at this time," Capt. William Russell said in an email.

A 23-year Air Force veteran, Caughey's responsibilities included running a 22-nation missile defense war game in 2014 for U.S. Strategic Command. At Schriever, he was the No. 2 officer in the wing, which oversees the military's constellation of navigation and communication satellites.

He was also a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, according to a story in Schriever Air Force Base's website.

Court papers show investigators suspect Caughey of misbehaving as far back as the fall of 2013, when they allege he had sex with "a woman not his wife."

Prosecutors allege a string of affairs, with six counts charging adulterous acts.

He's also charged with taking an obscene selfie. Prosecutors say Caughey photographed his genitalia "while in uniform and seated in his office."

He also charged with sexual assault for allegedly groping women on separate occasions last year. He's charged with simple assault in a July 10 incident where prosecutors say he grabbed someone on the arm. The most serious charge Caughey faces is the allegation of forcible rape. That can bring a maximum punishment of life in a military prison.

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Contact Tom Roeder: 636-0240

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