“The first and only general in the history of the Air Force to face a court-martial will retire as a colonel this week, the final outcome of the case that saw Maj. Gen. William Cooley convicted of sexually assaulting his brother’s wife.
A military judge found Cooley guilty of abusive sexual contact for forcing a kiss on his sister-in-law in a car on Aug. 12, 2018. The two had been at a family cookout at the woman’s home in Albuquerque, New Mexico and she was driving Cooley back to his quarters nearby.
The same military judge did not convict him on charges of groping the woman.
The woman was married to Cooley’s brother, who held a senior role as a civilian employee in weapons research in Albuquerque.”