Air Force Academy Cadet's Court-Martial On Hold

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Opening arguments have been delayed indefinitely for a man accused of sexually assaulting a fellow Air Force Academy cadet last year.

An Academy spokesman said the court-martial for Cadet 2nd Class Stephan Claxton was put on hold after lawyers from both sides met Tuesday, but wouldn't elaborate further on the postponement.

A woman testified at a hearing in January that Claxton, who is in the class of 2012, allegedly crept beside her while she slept in March 2011 and placed her hand on his genitals. Prosecutors allege he also unzipped the pants of a woman who was passed out after a night of drinking in November.

Claxton was among three Air Force Academy cadets charged this year in separate sex assault cases.

All three were alleged to be in violation of Article 120, which as of 2007 constitutes rape, sexual assault, and other sexual misconduct.

According to the Air Force, Maj. Gen. Richard Clark has dismissed all charges against Cadet Kyle A. Cressy, class of 2012. He had been charged with aggravated sexual assault.

Commanders have yet to decide whether to send Cadet Robert Evenson, class of 2011, to a court martial.


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