US military base sex scandal: Air Force instructor gets 20 yrs sentence



US military base sex scandal: Air Force instructor gets 20 yrs sentence San Antonio: An Air Force instructor in Texas has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for rape and sexual assault in a sweeping sex scandal that has rocked one of the busiest military training centres in the US.

A military jury at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio found Staff Sgt Luis Walker guilty on Friday on charges that included rape, aggravated sexual contact and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The same jury decided his punishment on Saturday.

Walker is among 12 Lackland instructors investigated for sexual misconduct with female trainees. Six have been charged.

Lackland is where all Air Force recruits go through basic training. It has about 475 instructors for about 35,000 airmen who graduate every year. While one in five recruits is female, most instructors are male.

PTI