U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – After a lengthy investigation, the Air Force Academy preferred court-martial charges against two cadets today involving sexual misconduct in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
A Second Class Cadet (Junior) had two charges preferred against him. Charge 1 has one specification of violating Article 80 for attempted sodomy. Charge 2 has three specifications of violating Article 120, one for aggravated sexual assault and two for aggravated sexual contact.
Another Second Class Cadet had three charges preferred against him. Charge 1 has one specification of violating Article 80 for attempted sodomy. Charge 2 has one specification of violating Article 120 for aggravated sexual contact. Charge 3 has one specification of violating Article 125 for sodomy.
At this time, charges are merely accusations. The accused in each case is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Counsel for the government and defense are working on the dates and times for an Article 32 hearing for each case, which will most likely be October or November. An Article 32 hearing is the military equivalent to a civilian grand jury proceeding. An investigating officer presides over an Article 32 hearing and submits his or her report of the proceedings with recommendations to the Cadet Wing Commandant as Special Court-Martial Convening Authority. The Commandant will then decide whether to dismiss the case, recommend it go to a General Court-Martial, or dispose of the case through some other disciplinary or administrative action.