The Nebraska Supreme Court took on a case that involved the sentencing of a former Air Force master sergeant an attempted child sexual assault case.
42-year-old Jason Gibson, who previously served at Offutt Air Force Base in 2017, was initially caught up in a scandal with a local youth pastor and a local resident, seeking sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl.
Gibson, a former master sergeant, was sentenced to only six months in jail and five years of probation, with his military service and lack of criminal history reportedly playing a role in the light punishment.
Prosecutors appealing the case were pleased with a Nebraska Court of Appeals ruling in November of 2018 that leaned towards heavier-handed sentencing- only for the ruling to be shot down on Friday by the Nebraska Supreme Court.
According to the Air Force Times, the high court ruled that the sentence was lenient, but not “clearly against justice or conscience, reason and evidence.”
Gibson had agreed to plead no contest to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child, a felony. Prior to the plea, he faced half a century in prison.
The pastor involved, Klint Bitter, was sentenced in 2018 to 10-20 years behind bars for his role in the incident.
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