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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Friday, May 13, 2016

Former Air Force Member Arrested, Charged with Assaulting and Sexually Abusing His Spouse While Both Were Stationed Abroad

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Christopher Mroz, 23, of Sacramento, was arrested today at his residence, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, and assault resulting in serious bodily injury, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

Mroz is scheduled to be arraigned today at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman. On Thursday, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Mroz.

According to court documents, Mroz was a member of the Air Force stationed in Lakenheath, England in 2012 through 2014. Although he was discharged in 2014, he remained on base with his wife, who was an active duty member of the Air Force. The indictment alleges that during the course of their time in England, Mroz forcibly raped his wife and, on another occasion, broke her arm. Mroz is subject to prosecution for these alleged offenses based on the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of 2000.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorneys Jill Thomas and Michele Beckwith are prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Mroz faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated May 13, 2016