SALT LAKE CITY -- Douglas J. Hammond, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and former Syracuse city councilman, pleaded guilty in federal court to sexual battery.
Hammond, 68, entered the guilty plea to the class A misdemeanor on Monday in connection with an incident that happened on Dec. 10, 2009 at Hill Air Force Base.
Hammond appeared with his attorney, Ronald J. Yengich, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Warner.
A sentencing hearing is set 10 a.m., on June 9. Hammond could be sentenced to serve one year in a federal prison and fined $2,500.
Hammond resigned as a city councilman in November of 2010 to spend more time with his wife, who is battling cancer.
Warner ordered a pre-sentence report so he could know more about Hammond before he sentenced him.
Warner ordered Hammond not to speak to anyone about the specifics of the case now that he has entered a guilty plea, in order to protect the victim's privacy. Warner also ordered Hammond to stay away from all fitness clubs at Hill Air Force Base.
Yengich said in court that Hammond had read the "statement in advance" to a plea in February.
Formal charges were filed against Hammond on March 21. The two-sentence charging document reads that Hammond, "did intentionally touch, beneath the clothing, the genitals of another against his will, which the defendant knew or should have known would likely cause affront and alarm to the person touched."
Hammond had initially been issued a citation, similar to a traffic ticket, in December of 2009 for the incident, but the citation was dismissed two months later.
The citation was simply not pursued, officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office had said.
According to details from that citation, which was dismissed Feb. 23, 2010, the incident occurred in the Health and Wellness Center, a spa on base.
The victim subsequently identified Hammond "by facial recognition," according to a probable cause statement.