An investigating officer is hearing the government build a case against a Lackland airman accused of sex crimes with local ROTC students. The Article 32 hearing could result in a charge of rape against the airman.
Airman First Class Nathan Wilson-Crow of the 3rd Combat Camera Squadron is accused of playing inappropriate "truth or dare" games with O’Connor High School students who were on an ROTC camping trip in Rocksprings last April.
A recent Fort Sam Houston ISD Cole High School game found the cheerleaders, pep squad, and band all out in support of their team running plays on the field. And it's likely none of these kids had any idea that their education programs are being threatened by a governmental body that school officials say is not doing its job.
For years the decline of participation in American Churches has been predicted and borne out. A recent Gallup poll shows that people think the influence of religion has declined. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows an increase in the nonreligious and that the country is nearly evenly split on how it feels about the growth of the nonreligious. Byron Johnson, Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor joins us along with Gabriel Acevedo Sociology Professor at UTSA.
General Edward Rice Jr. will be recorded as the commander who led the investigation into the worst sex scandal in Air Force history, having ordered the investigation of sexual misconduct by military training instructors at Lackland.
Rice and Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward announced the results of the investigation last November, finding a laundry list of policy characteristics that the report said allowed a climate of abuse to occur.
Another military training instructor from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is headed to prison after his sentencing on charges of sexual misconduct.
In a special court-martial this week, Tech Sgt. Brian Hickingbottom, Jr., pleaded guilty to charges of having unprofessional relationships with three trainees in tech school, and of obstructing justice
Military Judge, Col. Donald Eller, Jr. sentenced Hickingbottom to four months confinement, hard labor without confinement for 45 days, and reduction in rank to Senior Airman.
A military judge has sentenced another military training instructor in the ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Senior Airman Andrew S. Lira was found guilty of having unprofessional intimate relationships -- from May 2010 through December 2011 -- with eight female trainees at Lackland, one of them a basic trainee.
He also was found guilty of adultery, and of obstructing justice by telling one of the trainees to delete all of their text messages and asking her to lie to investigators.
Senior Airman Christopher Oliver, a military training instructor, is facing a general court-martial today at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Oliver is charged with aggravated sexual assault and abusive sexual contact against a boot camp trainee. He also is charged with having unprofessional relationships with two other basic trainees and continuing those relationships when the trainees advanced into technical training.
Training instructors are prohibited by the Uniform Code of Military Justice from having personal relationships with trainees at any level.
The eight officers on the all-male jury panel handed Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez, a recruiter from Lake Jackson, which is near Houston, 27 years in prison – the harshest sentence issued in the sex scandal so far – which was two years longer than what was recommended by prosecutors.
The former military recruiter was also given a dishonorable discharge after his conviction on 29 of 30 charges involving sex crimes against women who came through his office.
An amendment to the budget bill requires a report on the fixes recommended by Air Force commanders who investigated sexual assault in their branch of the military last year.
As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro asked for a General Accountability Office (GAO) report on the 45 initiatives recommended by last year’s command-directed investigation.
Castro told the House before the vote that it is critical to ensure those measures would have a real effect on the problem.