A former U. Air Force Academy cadet was sentenced in a Denver federal court to five years in prison following his conviction for raping a female cadet, authorities said. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello sentenced Alvaro Pablo Velarde, 20, of Lima, Peru, on Tuesday on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact, according to U. Valarde raped the cadet in her dorm room on Oct. The victim suffered severe pain and sought medical attention. A sexual assault examination revealed that she sustained physical injuries during the rape, and an academy doctor diagnosed her with a concussion. Membership Newsletters Obituaries Logout. By Kirk Mitchell kmitchell denverpost. A person playing Frisbee golf in Highlands Ranch Wednesday went looking for a stray disc and stumbled on a human skull.
Then he threw her clothes at her and ordered her to take a shower. Messick was unable to move, cry or scream. She was a year-old from rural Florida, in her fifth week of basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, and she had just been assaulted by the man the Air Force had entrusted with her life. After the April attack, Ms. Messick completed basic training, following orders from the instructor for nearly a month more. Afraid of the consequences, she did not tell anyone what he had done. Now, after leaving the Air Force, Ms. Messick is the first victim of a still-unfolding sexual assault scandal at Lackland to speak publicly about what she has endured. Since accounts of sexual violence at the base began to surface in late , it has emerged as the largest such episode in Air Force history. So far, seven Air Force instructors have been court-martialed, including Staff Sgt.
A major at the Air Force Academy accused of rape, sexual abuse of a child, and rape of a child was found not guilty of all charges at a court-martial Tuesday. Travis J. Burns, who as of last year worked for the commandant of cadets, faced an Article 32 hearing last May and was charged with several specifications of violating Article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which forbids sexual assault. An Article 32 is similar to a civilian grand jury and is meant to decide if there is probable cause to support the charge and its specifications. According to a charge sheet released at the time, Burns was accused of raping a woman at or near Clovis, New Mexico, on or about Dec. The Article 32 is similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding. Burns was also accused of sexually assaulting and repeatedly molesting a girl who was under the age of 12 in and , the charge sheet said. The judge returned not guilty verdicts in all charges and specifications, the academy said in a release Wednesday. Stephen Losey covers leadership and personnel issues as the senior reporter for Air Force Times. He comes from an Air Force family, and his investigative reports have won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
The scandal involved 43 female trainees allegedly victimized by their instructors during and after basic military training beginning in Mike Paquette was removed from command in June because of the problems in his unit.
Glenn Palmer, commander of the th Training Group, was also relieved from his position due to the scandal. Investigation of the scandal began in June , when a trainee reported suspected sexual misconduct. In November , three instructors reported possible misconduct after overhearing fellow Military Training Instructors MTIs discussing something "completely unacceptable". In June Staff Sgt.
Peter Vega-Maldonado made a plea deal , admitting an improper relationship and the violation of a no-contact order. Vega-Maldonado was sentenced to ninety days in jail, thirty days of hard labor , and his rank and pay were reduced. The second case, which yielded the longest sentence 20 years , proceeded to court martial for Staff Sgt. Luis Walker of the th Training Squadron on 28 counts which included rape, aggravated sexual contact and aggravated sexual assault. He was married and had two children. Christopher Smith was charged with an improper relationship with one trainee, seeking an improper, personal and intimate relationship with another trainee and obstruction of justice.
Jamey Crawford. Staff Sgt. Kwinton Estacio was charged with sexual misconduct with a basic-training student, abusing his authority and obstructing justice. Craig LeBlanc was charged with sexual misconduct, obstructing justice and making a false official statement. He was accused of using his post as military instructor to sexually assault and pursue a sexual relationship with a female trainee, and having a wrongful sexual relationship with another.
LeBlanc faced up to 22 years in prison, and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 26 May Air Force Times. Retrieved 4 September USA Today. Retrieved Baldor Aug 10, The Christian Science Monitor. San Antonio Express-News. Archived from the original on September 5, ABC News.
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