Special Court-Martial Underway For Sixth Lackland Instructor

Jan 3, 2013

A Special Court Martial begins today for another military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.  This is the sixth trial, which begins  as two more cases are revealed.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Jackson is charged with engaging in unprofessional relationships with two technical training students, and of obstruction of justice -- both violations of Air Force policy.

However, Joint Base San Antonio spokesman Brent Boller said a significant majority of the allegations are not for sexual assault -- as was the case in the other courts-martial.

"They're violations of the policy against unprofessional relationships between instructors and students, even when those relationships would otherwise be characterized as consensual," Boller said.

Five other instructors have been found guilty at courts-martial, including one who was handed a 20-year prison sentence on a rape conviction.

Air Force officials say they are still following leads in the investigation. Officials now say 30 instructors have fallen under the investigation in cases involving 56 female students.