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AFA Sex Investigation

By: AP
By: AP

An Air Force Academy cadet says the school's culture leaves underclassmen feeling that older cadets have absolute power.

She testified at an Article 32 hearing for Jason Lewis. He's accused of sexually assaulting a female cadet.

The cadet who testified is the alleged victim's roommate.

She says the woman thought about leaving Lewis' room after he lured her there. But she says her roommate was worried about leaving the closed room of an upperclassman because she thought she'd get in trouble.

The hearing is the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing. It will determine whether there's enough evidence to hold Lewis for court-martial.

His lawyer says Lewis will plead innocent and request a change of venue if ordered to stand trial.


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