Female airman says Air Force trainer attacked her at Texas base

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by JUAN A. LOZANO

Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A female Air Force airman has testified that a basic training instructor sexually assaulted her in his office at a Texas base and told her to keep quiet.

The woman told jurors at Staff Sgt. Luis Walker's court-martial Tuesday that he ignored her pleas to stop while pulling her onto a bed in his Lackland Air Force Base office. She is the first of 10 alleged victims to testify. The Associated Press typically doesn't identify alleged sexual assault victims.

Walker is charged with raping one female recruit and sexually assaulting or having inappropriate sexual or personal contact with nine others.

Walker denies the allegations.

He is among 12 base instructors who have been charged or who are being investigated in a burgeoning sex scandal. Walker faces the most serious charges.

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