Jury: Air Force colonel guilty of sexual touching

Published: Thursday, June 06, 2013 @ 12:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, June 06, 2013 @ 7:44 PM

An Air Force colonel has been found guilty of sexual imposition stemming from an incident last August in Carrillon Park.

The trial began and ended today for Col. Mayan Shah, a research analyst at the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

A jury of six women and two men found Shah guilty of the third degree misdemeanor in Dayton Municipal Court.

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The incident happened at Alefest last August at Carillon Park in Dayton.

The female victim testified she reported to police at the event that Shah reached under her skirt and touched her inappropriately. Prosecutors also called a female witness who alleged Shah was drunk at the event and offered to engage in sex with her.

Shah testified that his memory is sketchy, but remembers driving there alone and planning to take a cab home. He said he does not remember interracting with either of the state’s witnesses.

“… some of these ales can be a little more potent than the average beers,” he told the court.

Shah’s attorney, Richard Skelton, spoke to News Center 7 after the trial.

(Col. Shah) said to me, not in court but off the record, that if there’s anything that Mayan Shah has done to harm another individual or to disrespect the United States of America, he’ll take that to his grave. He would never intentionally harm another human being,” Skelton said.

Shah has yet to be sentenced. Skelton said the “biggest penalty” is he will likely be required to register as a sex offender.

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