Military trainer acquitted of wrongful sex contact

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Posted: Sep 12, 2012 1:29 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An instructor swept up in a sex scandal at an Air Force training base in Texas has been acquitted of wrongful sexual contact with a boot camp graduate.

The San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/RK0dFp) reported that a military jury deliberated for almost five hours Wednesday before finding Staff Sgt. Kwinton Estacio not guilty of having unwanted sexual contact with a recruit under his command.

The wrongful sexual contact charge went to the jury at Lackland Wednesday, one day after a military judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to support a sexual assault charge.

Estacio pleaded guilty to other violations Monday and faces up to 14 years in prison. The acquittals spared the Lackland Air Force Base instructor punishment totalling up to 43 years.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

(This version CORRECTS that longer sentence would have been for sexual assault.)