HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- After pleading guilty to 13 charges of dereliction of duty and sexual misconduct, a former Hill Air Force Base command chief was found guilty of two additional charges by a jury of officers on Thursday.
Chief Master Sgt. William Gurney, who was command chief of the Ogden Air Logistics Center and 75th Air Base Wing at Hill from July 2006 to May 2008, pleaded guilty to the charges of dereliction and sexual misconduct in a court-martial hearing Monday at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.
On Thursday, after presiding judge Col. Thomas Cumbie, requested a trial by jury of officers for five remaining violations, Gurney was found guilty of two charges of maltreatment and not guilty of one charge of wrongful sexual contact and not guilty of two charges of misuse of position, according to a news release from the 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs team at Scott.
A six-member court-martial panel of all male officers deliberated for 6 1/2 hours before reaching a decision.
Gurney said he had sex with four married women who were lower in rank than he, and that he exchanged sexually explicit pictures with and kissed or fondled female subordinates.
He also told Cumbie that he twice had sex with his wife in front of a married enlistee whose husband was unaware.
The incidents occurred between June 1, 2007, and Nov. 13, 2009, meaning some of the misconduct occurred while Gurney was stationed at Hill.
Gurney left Hill when he was promoted to command chief of the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, making him the highest-ranking enlisted man at the AFMC.
As command chief at Hill, Gurney was the senior enlisted leader on matters influencing the combat readiness, health, welfare, morale, effective utilization and quality of life of more than 12,800 enlisted and civilian personnel, as well 5,500 active-duty airmen and their families assigned to Hill.
Gurney could face up to 14 1/2 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge for the charges.
He is expected to be sentenced in the coming days.