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Another Court-Martial, Another Article 32 Hearing At Lackland

Eileen Pace
TPR News

The Air Force takes another military training instructor to court today in its broadening investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Tech. Sgt. Samuel Wicks is accused of committing an indecent act and having unprofessional relationships with three trainees.

The trainees testified in his Article 32 hearing about a predatory behavior in which they said Wicks chatted with them online. They testified that he gradually escalated their exchanges to include 'sexting,' and one witness said that Wicks sent her an explicit video of himself that she called "disgusting."

An Article 32 hearing is also beginning in a separate case of an instructor accused in a relationship with a basic trainee. Lackland has been announcing trials at a more rapid pace now, scheduling them back-to-back for the next four weeks.

Wicks is the ninth training instructor to be face a court-martial in the ongoing Air Force investigation. At last count, the Air Force said it is now investigating a total of 32 suspects in acts with 62 alleged victims.