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24th Court-Martial Sends Another Training Instructor To Jail

Gateway to the Air Force
Eileen Pace | Texas Public Radio

Another military training instructor from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland is headed to prison after his sentencing on charges of sexual misconduct.

In a special court-martial this week, Tech Sgt. Brian Hickingbottom, Jr., pleaded guilty to charges of having unprofessional relationships with three trainees in tech school, and of obstructing justice

Military Judge, Col. Donald Eller, Jr. sentenced Hickingbottom to four months confinement, hard labor without confinement for 45 days, and reduction in rank to Senior Airman.

Hickingbottom is the 24th MTI to be court-martialed in the continuing investigation of Lackland military training instructors. An Air Force recruiter based out of Randolph also has been convicted in the Air Force sex scandal. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.