Air Force Sgt. May Face Life in Jail for Rape

Staff Sgt. Luis Walker, an instructor in the Lackland Air Force Base sex scandal, awaits sentencing after Friday's conviction.

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An Air Force instructor convicted Friday of rape and sexual assault could get life in prison when he faces sentencing on Saturday. According to the Houston Chronicle, Staff Sgt. Luis Walker is one of 12 instructors at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio who had been under investigation for possible sexual misconduct against as many as 31 female trainees at the facility. 

A military jury convicted Walker on Friday on all 28 counts including rape, aggravated sexual contact and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault. Trial judge Col. Wesley Moore consolidated those charges into 20 on Saturday morning, saying some counts duplicated others. The change will not affect Walker's maximum sentence.

Prosecutors say from October 2010 through January 2011, Walker sexually assaulted or had improper sexual or personal contact with at least 10 female recruits. Lackland is where all Air Force recruits go through basic training.

Several of Walker's alleged victims testified during his court-martial, including one who described how Walker lured her into an office and sexually assaulted her on a bed, ignoring her pleas to stop.

Read more at the Houston Chronicle.

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