A member of the U.S. Air Power stationed at a NATO base in Italy sexually assaulted an intoxicated teenager, then fled to america in an try to keep away from a seven-year jail sentence, in line with prosecutors.
Now, the federal government of Italy would really like him again so he may be put behind bars.
Alexis Miguel Bodden was convicted by an Italian courtroom in 2015 of aggravated gang rape, states an extradition request unsealed Tuesday in Philadelphia federal court. The origins of the case may be traced again to February 2, 2011, when Bodden, who was stationed on the Aviano Air Base on the time, “hosted M.G., a then 15- year-old and a 17-year-old, Andres Vasquez, at his condominium” in close by Pordenone, Italy.
Bodden, 27, “offered M.G. with alcoholic drinks, and made sexual advances to her, which she rejected.” Vasquez, a Colombian nationwide, had beforehand dated M.G., the extradition request explains.
“As soon as M.G. was intoxicated, Vasquez led M.G. to Bodden’s bed room the place he undressed her earlier than the 2 had consensual intercourse,” the submitting continues. “Whereas Vasquez and M.G. had been engaged in intercourse, Bodden entered the room, Vasquez stepped apart, and Bodden started raping M.G., ignoring her pleas to cease in addition to her efforts to depart. Whereas Bodden raped M.G., M.G. overheard Vasquez and Bodden snicker and focus on that she was drunk.”
After the assault was over, M.G. bought dressed and left Bodden’s condominium, in line with the submitting, which says a witness discovered M.G. “on the road too drunk to face and in misery.” The unnamed bystander advised cops that M.G. was crying and shouting that she had been raped. M.G. was handled at a neighborhood hospital and filed a police report. She gave investigators Bodden’s title and handle, explaining that she knew him due to his friendship with Vasquez, her ex-boyfriend.
The subsequent day, Bodden was arrested by Italian police. He admitted to “having intercourse” with M.G., however insisted it was consensual.
“The courtroom dismissed this protection as ‘groundless,’ discovering that statements from the sufferer and people who had been involved with the sufferer instantly after the incident persistently contradicted Bodden’s model of occasions,” states the extradition request. “The courtroom additionally discovered that Bodden’s conduct of inducing the minor sufferer to drink substantial portions of alcohol represented an aggravating issue, resulting in his conviction and sentence to seven years’ imprisonment.”
Bodden was represented at trial by a protection lawyer from the Aviano base, the submitting says, noting that Bodden attended the entire proceedings via mid-Could, 2013. Nevertheless, he by no means confirmed as much as courtroom once more and was convicted in absentia.
Vasquez was convicted in 2019 for his participation in the rape, and sentenced to 32 months imprisonment plus one other 26 months for a 2012 theft conviction.
Bodden, now 38, was arrested in Allentown, Pennsylvania by the U.S. Marshals Service on Nov. 5. His court-appointed lawyer, Kathleen Gaughan, didn’t reply to The Each day Beast’s request for remark.