An Air Force officer stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., was arrested on base Tuesday for allegedly committing sex crimes against a child in Alabama, that state’s attorney general announced in a news release.
2nd Lt. Zachary Mullins, a student assigned to the 392nd Training Squadron at Vandenberg, is being held at the Santa Barbara Detention Facility. It is not yet known whether he will voluntarily return to Alabama to face the charges or if Alabama will seek to extradite him.
Mullins, 22, is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly having sexual intercourse and sexual contact with a child between the ages of 12 and 16.
The Decatur (Ala.) Daily reported that the incident allegedly occurred in 2006, before Mullins was in the Air Force, at the home of a second-grade teacher at a local school.
The teacher, Jessica Heather Defoor, is on administrative leave from her teaching job and also faces charges.
Mullins was indicted in July in Alabama on three charges:
* being older than 16 and engaging in deviant sexual intercourse with a child aged between 12 and 16, which is second-degree sodomy, a class B felony.
* being older than 16 (and more than two years older than his victim) and engaging in sexual intercourse with a child aged between 12 and 16, which is second-degree rape, a class B felony.
* being 19 years or older and subjecting a child aged between 12 and 16 to sexual contact, which is second-degree sexual abuse, a class A misdemeanor.
If convicted, Mullins could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for each of the two felony charges and up to one year for the misdemeanor charge.
Mullins, a native of Hartselle, Ala., was arrested by local law enforcement in California supported by Vandenberg’s Air Force Office of Special Investigations detachment, a base spokesman said.
He remains on active duty.