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2 More Military Training Instructors Face Sex Misconduct Charges

6:41 AM, May 30, 2012   |    comments
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(AIR FORCE TIMES) -- Two more military training instructors have been accused of having inappropriate relationships with students, bringing the total number of MTIs now charged in the growing sex scandal to four.

Staff Sgt. Kwinton Estacio of the 737th Training Group at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas is charged with sexual misconduct with a female trainee, violating a no-contact order and obstruction of justice, according to a news release from the base. An Article 32 hearing is scheduled for Friday.

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc, also of the 737th Training Group, is charged with sexual misconduct with two female training students, violating a no-contact order, adultery and obstruction of justice. His hearing is planned for June 5, the news release said.

Estacio and LeBlanc were implicated in a plea agreement in which former MTI and Staff Sgt. Peter Vega-Maldonado agreed to cooperate with investigators and plead guilty to having an improper relationship and violating a no-contact order in exchange for a lesser sentence. Vega-Maldonado was sentenced to 90 days' confinement and 30 days hard labor plus a reduction in rank to airman.

A fourth ex-trainer, Staff Sgt. Luis Walker, is scheduled for court-martial July 16. He faces the most serious charges, which include rape, six counts of aggravated sexual assault and more than a dozen other charges.


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