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Douglas Meester is charged with assaulting an 18-year-old woman
after a night of drinking at the academy in October 2002.

The woman has said she passed out and awoke as Meester raped
her, but defense attorneys say she never told him to stop and did
not resist.

A retired Air Force colonel testified yesterday that he thought
the Meester case involved ``consensual sex in the dorm by people
who were underage drinking.''

Former vice commandant of cadets Robert Eskridge testified at a
hearing on a defense motion to throw out the case.

Meester's attorneys say rape charges were filed only because the
Air Force wanted to show it was being tough on sexual assault in
the midst of a scandal.