Male trainees among alleged victims of Lackland sexual misconduct

32 instructors involved in investigation

Author: Myra Arthur, Reporter, Anchor,
Published On: Jan 16 2013 05:41:09 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 16 2013 06:41:03 PM CST
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For the first time during the investigation spanning a year and a half, Joint Base San Antonio Lackland officials say three men are now among the growing number of alleged victims of sexual misconduct at the hands of basic training instructors.

The news increases the number of alleged victims to 59. The number of embattled instructors stands at 32.

One male instructor is accused of having "abusive sexual contact" with two male trainees during basic training at Lackland.

The charge can refer to several types of sexual misconduct, but each type is nonconsensual.

"The other is a female training instructor and she is accused of an unprofessional relationship with a technical school student, a male tech school student," said Brent Boller, spokesman for JBSA-Lackland.

Trainees attend technical school after basic training. Boller says it is still a violation of Air Force rules for technical students to have sexual relationships with basic training instructors.

Of the 32 instructors, six have been convicted. Nine are pending courts martial, 15 remain under investigation, and two received non-judicial punishment.

"We said from the start that we would follow every lead to wherever it took us," said Boller, "and as you can see, we are continuing to find additional leads and we're taking appropriate action."

The House Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday in Washington, D.C., on the sexual misconduct investigation at Lackland.

Meanwhile, the Air Force will begin providing free victims' services and military legal counsel to basic and technical trainees across all bases beginning Jan. 28.

Boller could not say whether the program is a direct result of the investigation.