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Female MTI faces trial for unprofessional relationship

Apr. 1, 2014 - 06:50PM   |  
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A former military training instructor will face a special court-martial Wednesday on charges that she had an unprofessional relationship with a recruit who had completed basic training.

Tech. Sgt. Tamisha Rutledge, who is now assigned to Air Force Space Command, is one of 35 ex-MTIs accused in a sexual misconduct scandal at basic since the summer of 2011, according to a base news release. She is only the second woman to be court-martialed in the series of cases.

Former Staff Sgt. Emily Allen was convicted in May of four unprofessional relationships with technical trainees, which included partying with two females, having sex with one male trainee and trying to start a sexual relationship with another male trainee. She was sentenced to three months’ confinement and reduction to senior airman.

The alleged victim in the Rutledge case, a basic training graduate, had been eliminated from technical training but was not yet discharged from the Air Force, according to the release.

The maximum penalty in a special court-martial is one year confinement and a bad conduct discharge. The trial is at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

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