Conviction: Tampa jury convicts former Air Force major of international parental kidnapping


Andrew Haley Morcombe – Guilty of International Parental Kidnapping (Photo Credit: Morcombe)

By Dan Sullivan, Times Staff Writer

TAMPA — A jury Monday found a former Air Force major guilty of kidnapping his daughter and holding her overseas to stop his ex-wife from exercising her part of a Hillsborough County custody agreement.

Andrew Haley Morcombe had argued that his 2014 jaunt around the world with a 5-year-old girl was a desperate effort to shield her from abuse.

But federal prosecutors said there was no evidence to back up his claims. He just wanted to hurt the girl’s mother.

“This is a case about a man who would do anything to do what he wanted,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacie Harris told the jury. “This is a case about a military man who refuses to follow orders.”

Morcombe, 51, who once worked at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base and whose work sent him on regular long-distance journeys around the globe, will be confined to a local jail cell as he awaits a July sentencing hearing. He faces up to three years in prison.

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