Air Force Academy Cadet's Court-Martial On Hold


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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  • by ACommandersCall Location: Colorado on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:14 AM
    I do not think that a Commander of any military installation has the right to make a call to dismiss any charges whether it happened on base of off base! My daughter ex-husband broke her back in 2000, which was reported to the Commander by the on base orthopedic doctor. The Commander whom had only been at the base a couple of months at the time; gave her ex-husband the option of staying in and being court martialed per Domestic Violence, resulting in permanent injury or gettin out 6 months early, receive an honorable discharge and any other benefits that would be available to him! THIS IS WHAT IS CALLED JUSTICE. And just for the record, the violent act occured off base here in Colorado Springs. So you tell me if that was a fair,and just Commander's Call? My daughter will have to live with the injury for the rest of her life; while her ex gets to enjoy his honorable discharge (which to me takes away from every Honorable Discharge our brave men and women have served their country without incident to achieve)along with his VA benefits for his hearing loss and his bad knees. Boo Hoo!! Therefore, Commanders do not have the insight or the non-biased rationale to make such a call! Some of you may say I'm responding because I am bet I am! If it were your daugter or granddaughter you would feel the same way. Commanders should not be allowed to make such decisions and should be up to the county and state where the military installation is located according to the laws of that county and State.
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      by FootNote on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:03 AM in reply to ACommandersCall
      I'm friends with this family and just to add. The guy was charged through the Colorado Springs police and plead guilty to the offenses and was released to his military personnel for further charges and confinement. The further charges would be for the broken back that his wife received and the endangerment to his 9 month old child at the time. So, it was not without cause that he was turned over the the U. S. military for further punishments; which of course did not happen. So, it make you wonder if a Commander should make such calls with regard to offenses that happen it our city and state. I agree that they should not. They are not impartial and military is known to protect their own. FIRST AND FOREMOST THIS FAMILY AND MY FAMILIES ALONG WITH MANY OTHERS IN THIS COMMUNITY SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND APPRECIATE THE SACRAFICES THAT THEY MAKE. The above however, does not constitute fairness to the victim(s) in this case involving these cadets.
  • by citizen Location: Colorado on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:01 AM
    Just read the report. It sounds like this guy is a repeat offender of sexual acts. His track record does not sound like he is a model cadet...I think he should be punished and do some jail time. Maybe some guy in jail will straighten him out; if you get my meaning.
  • by ItFigures Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 19, 2012 at 06:58 AM
    I do not wish for any person to be sentenced for something that they did not do. However, if this young cadet did do what has been reported via this news station; he is guilty of sexually violating another individual and should be punished accordingly. Even if the defense is playing the intoxication defense; being drunk is not excuse for a person's action that result in someone else being hurt or violated. Obviously, this man was not that drunk that he did not know what he wanted to do and therefore did it. I'm so tired of people always having the excuse that it was never their fault. They were at the wrong place at the wrong time and with the wrong people in the wrong building surrounded by the wrong enviroment, etc. etc.
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