Air Force Base Instructor Guilty of Sex Assaults
With 11 more instructors accused, case forces major review of Air Force
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2012 7:50 AM CDT
Air Force Staff Sgt. Luis Walker arrives for the fourth day of his trial at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Friday.   (AP Photo/San Antonio Express News, Billy Calzada)

(Newser) – Staff Sgt. Luis Walker, an instructor at Lackland Air Force Base, was found guilty yesterday of raping one trainee and sexually assaulting several others, reports AP. Walker faces life in prison and a dishonorable discharge after being found guilty on 28 counts, including adultery, violating regulations, and committing sexual crimes against female trainees, notes the San Antonio Express-News. Thirty-one women have accused Walker and at least 11 other instructors of sexual misconduct over a two-and-a-half year period, which has led to a major policy review across the Air Force.

"We're not satisfied that this one unit is all there is," the commander of the Second Air Force, which oversees basic training, tells the New York Times. "We want to assure ourselves through a disciplined approach that we’ve caught everything or everyone involved in this kind of behavior." The Defense Department estimates there may be up to 19,000 sexual assaults a year across the services, although just 3,192 were reported in 2011, with 191 convictions.

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Jul 22, 2012 8:34 PM CDT
As a former Army commander and staff officer in the late 70's and throughout the 80's, I recall that about 50% of the young female soldiers that were assigned to my unit or staff section who came straight out of basic training had sexual abuse charges and investigations pending against their former Drill Instructors or recruiters. The worse violators of this were the married NCO’s who took advantage of their positions. I had assumed that because of tighter controls and command emphasis on sexual abuse that this had just about ceased; I’m sorry to see that this is still going on. Unless you’ve gone through basic training you have no idea of how intimidating these Non Commissioned Officers/Instructors can be to their young troops. To abuse this trust and faith I say throw the book at this sorry ass instructor.
Jul 22, 2012 3:43 PM CDT
Tie him down, then cut his "tallywhacker" off slowly, with NO pain killer using a rusty knife and NO anti- biotics. Tape the whole procedure and show it to all management level people!
Jul 22, 2012 12:13 PM CDT
should have got life with hard time!