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Ex-MTI jailed, busted after court-martial

Jan. 3, 2013 - 05:17PM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 3, 2013 - 05:17PM  |  
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A military training instructor who had sexual relationships with two technical training students and asked one of them to lie to investigators about it was sentenced to 100 days and in jail and reduced two grades to airman first class following a special court-martial at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Thursday.

Former Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Jackson became the sixth MTI convicted in a basic training sex scandal that has reverberated across the service, leading to dozens of changes in the way instructors are trained, recruited and supervised.

Jackson pleaded guilty to charges he had unprofessional relationships with two technical school trainees. Military judge Lt. Col. Matthew Van Dalen found him guilty of obstruction of justice.

Half-a-dozen more instructors are facing a host of charges, including rape, sexual misconduct, dereliction of duty, assault and battery, obstruction of justice and adultery.

At least 28 MTIs have been accused of misconduct since June 2011, when a sex-assault allegation against a trainer led to a sweeping investigation into basic training that has looked back over a decade.

Prosecutors in Jackson's case asked the judge for a bad conduct discharge, six months in jail and reduction to airman basic, said Brent Boller, a Lackland spokesman. His defense argued against confinement and the bad conduct discharge.

In addition to 100 days behind bars, Jackson must forfeit $1,500 in pay. He'll stay in the Air Force.

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