Air Force officer arrested for sex crimes in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - An Alabama man stationed at a California Air Force base has been arrested for multiple sex crimes in Alabama.

Alabama Attorney General Troy King, in a statement to FOX6 News, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Zachary W. Mullins, 22, of Hartselle, Ala., was arrested Tuesday at Vandenberg Air Force Base.  Mullins and a former school teacher from north Alabama are charged with sexual abuse of a child between the age of 12 and 16.

King said the charges were handed down by a grand jury in Morgan County in July in connection with crimes that occurred before Mullins joined the Air Force.  Specifically, the indictment charges that Mullins:

being older than 16, engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a child aged between 12 and 16, which is second-degree sodomy, a class B felony;

being older than 16 (and more than two years older than his victim), engaged in sexual intercourse with a child aged between 12 and 16, which is second-degree rape, a class B felony;

being 19 years or older, subjected a child aged between 12 and 16 to sexual contact, which is second-degree sexual abuse, a class A misdemeanor.

The former school teacher, Jessica Heather Defoor of Decatur, was served with her indictment and arrested in August.  King said she was charged with sexual abuse and enticing a child with sexual acts between the age of 12 and 16.  Defoor was already on administrative leave from her job as a second-grade teacher at Danville-Neel Elementary School prior to her arrest.

Mullins was being held Wednesday at the Santa Barbara Detention Facility in California on 30,000 bond. If convicted, Mullins faces a maximum penalty of two to 20 years imprisonment for each of the two charges of second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy, and up to one year imprisonment for the charge of second-degree sexual abuse.