Air Force Academy Cadet's Hearing Today

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An Air Force Academy cadet is in a military court hearing today.

Cadet first class Benjamin York is accused of aggravated sexual assault.

York's article 32 hearing is set for today to decide if he should go to trial for sexual misconduct.

We'll let you know what happens later today.

On Jan. 31, 2013, one charge and one specification of sexual misconduct was preferred against Cadet 1st Class Benjamin York, a U. S. Air Force Academy cadet.

At the time, the name was withheld pending a decision by the Air Force Academy Commandant of Cadets.

Last month, the Commandant decided that this case should be investigated by an independent officer under Article 32 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Because of that decision, the Commandant is now releasing the cadet’s name.

The Article 32 hearing ordered by the Commandant is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing except that Article 32 hearings are open to the public.

At this time, charges are merely accusations. The accused in each case is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The date of the Article 32 hearing is currently scheduled for 14-15 March.

We will continue to follow this case and bring you updates when York appears in court.

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