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Women testify at Air Force instructor's sentencing

Women testify at sentencing of Air Force instructor convicted of sexually assaulting trainees By The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Five of 10 women who accused a Lackland Air Force Base instructor of sexual assault are testifying at his sentencing in Texas.

Staff Sgt. Luis Walker faces up to life in prison after a military jury convicted him of crimes including rape, aggravated sexual contact and multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault.

The women testified during the trial that Walker gained their trust to get them alone in his office or an empty dormitory. Then he forced them into kissing, touching or intercourse.

The women who spoke at Saturday's sentencing said since the assaults they can't sleep or maintain relationships with men. They say Walker's actions eroded their trust in authority and affected their performance at work.

One says it affected her ability to serve in Afghanistan.

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