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Court Martial Postponed While Defense Dept. Inspects Cell Phone Messages

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc
Eileen Pace
Texas Public Radio

An Air Force judge has postponed the sixth court martial in a series of cases against basic military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland.

The judge is allowing time for the Department of Defense to analyze cell phones messages between the Instructor and one of his trainees.

Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc is accused of crimes from aggravated sexual assault of two female trainees, to lying to military officials about his AWOL status after he was arrested in Comal County while he was partying with a trainee and didn’t make it back to the base.

LeBlanc faces up to 30 years in prison on the sexual assault charges - longer if convicted of using his authority to threaten the trainee’s military career.

A year into the investigation, five instructors have been convicted in the growing sex scandal at Lackland. Investigators now allege 19 Air Force instructors had inappropriate relationships with 45 female trainees.