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Captain Faces Charge in Affair

August 5, 1999

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) _ An Air Force captain is being court-martialed for his relationship with his wife _ whom he met when she was a married airman and he was her commanding officer.

Capt. Douglas Bass, 33, is charged with violating military law for his relationship with Krystal Carr, 21, an enlisted woman he married last month. He could face up to 28 years in prison if convicted of all nine counts against him.

He is accused of having sex with Ms. Carr _ as well as a second enlisted woman under his supervision _ and asking others to help hide his romance with Ms. Carr and disobeying orders to end the relationship.

``He knew it was wrong to date and have sexual relations with any enlisted people, especially those he supervised,″ said Larry Clavette, a spokesman for Offutt Air Force Base, south of Omaha.

Bass’ lawyers are attempting to negotiate a settlement or plea bargain, said Lt. Michael Braibish, a spokesman for the 12th Air Force, which commands the 55th Wing at Offutt.

Bass, who has waited eight months for his court-martial, has accused the Air Force of needlessly dragging out his case. He has admitted his actions were wrong and said he believes his military career is over. He has declined to comment further.

Bass was in command of Ms. Carr and her first husband, also an airman, when their affair started _ soon after Ms. Carr’s husband was deployed overseas last August. Bass was divorced at the time.

Military officials ordered Bass to end the relationship in February when they learned about the affair. They also found out that Bass had a sexual relationship with a staff sergeant, whose name was not disclosed, from October 1997 to June 1998.

Ms. Carr served 50 days of a 60-day sentence at the base’s jail for lying about her relationship with Bass and disobeying orders to stay away from him.

She was released early for good behavior, demoted to the lowest enlisted rank and is expected to be released with a general discharge after Bass’ court-martial.

Fraternization among the ranks has remained an issue for the military since Lt. Kelly Flinn, the first female B-52 bomber pilot, was charged with adultery for having an affair with the husband of a female airman in North Dakota. She was allowed to resign in 1997 and did not face prosecution.

In April, Air Force Capt. Joseph Belli, 35, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and other charges stemming from an affair with an enlisted woman at Travis Air Force Base in California. He was dismissed from the service and ordered to serve 15 days in jail.

Belli divorced his wife and mother of their five children and married the airman.

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