Alcohol Cited In Dropping Sex Charge At AF Academy

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- Air Force officials say testimony about alcohol consumption was among the reasons they decided not to prosecute an Air Force Academy cadet on sexual assault charges.

The Air Force announced last week it dropped charges against Kyle Cressy, a senior at the school outside Colorado Springs. Cressy was accused of assaulting a woman who was "substantially incapacitated" by alcohol in May.

In a statement released late Monday, the academy says an investigating officer assigned to Cressy's case found no reasonable grounds to prosecute.

The officer cited testimony that the alleged victim wrote and sent a text message that she couldn't recall, and expert testimony that it's possible for someone to consent to sex and suffer an alcohol blackout preventing recall of the event.

Cressy's attorney didn't immediately return phone calls.

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  • by Concerned on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:58 PM
    the military just aint the same anymore..enlisted or academy (AF, Navy, Army, etc)..Get used to it!
  • by note to self on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:26 PM
    If a woman is in a coma and her cell is laying around your bases are covered go for it.
  • by Famous Words on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:20 PM
    There is a time and a place for everything. Its called... College.
  • by NCO Location: CS on Mar 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    So, does this guy now get to graduate with his class and receive a commission, even though he has proven that he has no moral fiber? Go to a concert at Arnold Hall- grads from the 60's and 70's that are retired still walk around with a purpose, ramrod straight, and look you in the eye. Cadets that got free tickets have no manners and seem at a loss as to wether it is time to scratch their watch or wind their tail... Pathetic that they let him loose, but want to court martial Marines for "harassing" someone that fell asleep on guard duty in the Stan.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to NCO
      It says nothing about getting to graduate. Soldiers sleeping on duty in a WAR ZONE can get someone killed. The Army court martial's for this too. I don't think it's fair to say he should go to JAIL because she woke up and regretted a decision she may have made. I am not saying she for sure consented, but if you don't know, you don't put someone in jail and make them register as a sex offender for life. Everyone wants to jump on him, maybe she shouldn't have drank so much! She is no better then he is.
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        by NCO on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:24 PM in reply to
        Personally, I feel that if she got drunk to the point of blacking out, she doesn't need a commission or a taxpayer paid for education. The purpose of service academies is to provide junior leaders of character- not to win the Commander's Cup. If he did not have the character to put it away when she was that drunk, he needs to be looking for a job elsewhere. What I spoke to on the Marines was a case where several are charged for "harassing" a fellow Marine that fell asleep on guard duty in a combat zone, but after getting some remedial training blew his brains out, so they are in trouble for being mean. Seems like large parts of the military are too busy responding to an apologetic chain of command.
  • by jazzcat on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:54 AM
    Methinks that, regardless of the proof offered, the peanut gallery has already determined this guy is a rapist.
  • by Jessica Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:57 AM
    Everyone goes on about this guy raping her- but she sent him a text message which appears to have led him to believe she consented. He didn't forcibly rape her- he slept with her while she was drunk, and she woke up ashamed, or got busted by her boyfriend, etc, and cried rape. If the courts are going to prosecute every guy for sleeping with a girl who got too drunk to remember sending texts messages then the prisons would be way over crowded. Girls need to take responsibility for their own actions as well. Stop getting so drunk that you cant remember inviting someone to your house to have sex. If she was drugged, if he forced her past her having said no or stop then I would be all about wanting to see this guys life ruined too- but it doesn't sound like any of that happened here.
  • by db on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM
    Yet another example of the Air Force Academy doing nothing about a rape charge. Their history of doing this is pathetic. What a disgrace.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:48 PM in reply to db
      I am not saying that rape is okay, however I as a female, do not put my self in these types of situations. I never get so drunk I can't remember things, especially around a bunch of guys! I am not sure if this occurred to you or not...BUT MAYBE JUST MAYBE SHE WASN'T RAPED!
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      by Monique the Cat Lady on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:52 PM in reply to db
      A friend was talking at me about one night stands and I said I never had one. She said "You never got drunk and woke up next to someone you didn't know?" I told her that's not a one night stand, that's a drinking problem. She's not a friend any more.
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      by Jim on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:27 PM in reply to db
      Women have to take some responsibility as well. It seems nowdays, two people get drunk and sex happens, the guy better hope the woman doesn't feel guilty or fail to remember clearly what happened. I'm sure there have been guys wrongly convicted in similar situations. Personal responsibilty should be equal for both genders.
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      by db on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:43 AM in reply to db
      I agree with all three comments made. Perhaps she was not raped. That being said, with the Air Force Academy's history, I feel an outside/third party investigation is warranted. With regards to the comment from Anonymous, I agree that the best thing to do is to not put yourself into these types of situations. However, a woman should be able to drink at a party without having to wonder if some guy is going to have sex with her if she drinks too much and/or passes out (and no, I do not support excessive drinking ... even in college).
  • by Jared Location: cos on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    So leason being "get the person so drunk they can't remember if you raped them or not!" Great life leasons for these young, ignorant cadets! Come apply at the Air Force Academy all young possible rapists!
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      by Rob on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM in reply to Jared
      Or how about the LESSON being "let's not get so drunk that we can't remember what we did the next day!" I'm sure there are plenty of colleges that could use that lesson.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:48 PM in reply to Jared
      Get the person drunk?? one has ever FORCED me to drink alcohol.
  • by Annie Mosity on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:46 AM
    There are SO many reason not to go beyond a couple drinks. Anyone accusing anyone else of any crime should be tested for blood alcohol levels. Drinking IS trouble.
  • by sobering on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    An unfortunate no-win situation. So the lesson is, don't drink to the point of memory loss? Who knows what can happen next.
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