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Former airman arrested in spousal abuse overseas

A former Air Force airman was arrested Friday at his Sacramento home and charged with abusing his wife while she was serving overseas.

Christopher Mroz, 23, faces charges of aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury, according to acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert of the Eastern District of California. If convicted, Mroz could be sentenced to life in prison and fined $250,000.

His arrest follows a federal grand jury indictment on the two counts, which were handed up Thursday. The case is the product of an investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the FBI, Talbert said.

Mroz was stationed from 2012 to 2014 in Lakenheath, England, according to court documents. He was discharged in 2014, but remained on base with his wife, who was still an active-duty member of the Air Force. The indictment charges that, during 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 under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of 2000.

Debbie Arrington: 916-321-1075, @debarrington