AFA cadet facing sexual assault charges found not guilty

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (1/25/18): Cadet 1st Class Steven Fox was found not guilty by a court-martial Wednesday night.

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PREVIOUS (9/20/17): An Air Force Academy cadet could face 20 years in prison if convicted on charges of sexual assault.

A hearing for Steven Fox, a senior at the academy, was held Wednesday morning.

According to arrest papers obtained by 11 News partner The Gazette, Fox is accused of assaulting his date to an AFA dance two years ago. His defense attorney says Fox and the alleged victim, a UCCS student, were dating at the time, and his actions were consensual.

Prosecutors believe there is enough evidence to court-martial him.

Fox, according to The Gazette, has been commended in the past for his work with rape prevention programs, namely his efforts to get more men to report if a victim of sexual assault.

In 2015, a Department of Defense news article said thousands of male service members are sexually assaulted every year, but only a small percentage of those victims ever come forward. The department points to fear of being ostracized or misunderstood, or simply not believed.

The hearing officer will now report to academy bosses, who will be the ones to rule on whether Fox should be court-martialed.