A Dover Air Force Base airman charged with sexually abusing a teenage runaway is asking a federal judge to release him from pretrial detention so he can return to base.
Twenty-one-year-old Akeem Beazer's attorney says his absence or failure to report for duty would result in him being declared AWOL and a warrant issued for his arrest as a deserter.
The attorney is suggesting that Beazer, currently in custody in New Jersey, be allowed to stay with another Dover airman with whom he attends church.
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The judge on Friday directed prosecutors to respond to the motion by June 16.
Beazer, from Pompano Beach, Florida, and fellow airman 25-year-old Dalian Washington of Philadelphia are charged with sex abuse of a minor. Washington also is charged with sex trafficking of a child.