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Thu January 31, 2013
Acquitted Air Force Instructor Gets Bad Conduct Discharge
On Wednesday, Staff Sgt. Donald Davis was found not guilty of abusive sexual contact with a trainee, but after submitting its acquittal, the military jury learned that Davis pled guilty to having an unprofessional sexual relationship with a technical trainee prior to the start of the court-martial.
On Thursday the jury deliberated for about two hours before returning with a three-pronged sentence: A reduction in rank to E-3, three months’ hard labor and a bad conduct discharge. He could have received a prison sentence instead of the discharge.
The acquittal was thanks to a successful reasonable doubt argument, since there was no physical evidence to indicate that an offense had even occurred (see related story at bottom of page).
However, it is a violation of Air Force regulations for instructors to develop personal relationships with any trainees. The second trainee testified in November at an Article 32 investigative hearing that she went with Davis to a motel near Lackland to have sex, but said she did not feel like a victim and did not want to get her friend in trouble.
The case marks the seventh court-martial in the ongoing Air Force investigation. Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc is scheduled for court-martial Feb. 11.