The jury found Shah guilty of an incident involving another festival attendee who had accused him of inappropriately touching her under her skirt.
The colonel, who had pleaded not guilty, testified he had been drinking ale at the festival and had no memory of the allegations courtroom witnesses accused him of at the event. He also testified he did not recall meeting any of the women or doing anything harmful to them.
Dayton Municipal Court Judge Christopher D. Roberts sentenced Shah to a suspended 60-day jail sentence, 180 days of home detention, three years of probation and classified him as a Tier I sex offender, court records said. The defendant also was ordered to stay away from bars, nightclubs and festivals, documents show.
Shah filed an appeal to his case, and a court order to temporarily register as a sex offender was delayed. The Court of Appeals of Ohio Second Appellate District last month denied the colonel’s request to avoid registering as a sex offender, court records showed.
The officer has applied for retirement from the Air Force, according to an AFMC statement. “Because he has been convicted in civilian court of a crime of moral turpitude, he will be processed for an Officer Grade Determination, which may lead to a reduction in rank upon his retirement, in accordance with Air Force instructions,” Fry said in an email.
The command cited privacy act restrictions and has not released additional information on whether the Air Force has taken administrative actions because of the civilian court’s conviction.