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Lackland Trainer Convicted Of Sexual Misconduct With Trainees

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Eileen Pace
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TPR News

A military judge has sentenced another military training instructor in the ongoing investigation of sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

Senior Airman Andrew S. Lira was found guilty of having unprofessional intimate relationships -- from May 2010 through December 2011 -- with eight female trainees at Lackland, one of them a basic trainee.

He also was found guilty of adultery, and of obstructing justice by telling one of the trainees to delete all of their text messages and asking her to lie to investigators.

Lira was sentenced to six months confinement, hard labor without confinement for 30 days, reduction in rank to Airman Basic, and forfeiture of $1,200.

Lira is the 23rd Lackland trainer to face court-martial so far in the two-year Air Force investigation.