Closing arguments expected in Air Force scandal

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Posted: Jul 19, 2012 5:02 PM
Closing arguments expected in Air Force scandal

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Both prosecutors and the defense have rested in the trial of a staff sergeant accused of being involved in an Air Force sex scandal in Texas.

Staff Sgt. Luis Walker's attorneys rested their case Thursday afternoon after calling one witness. Prosecutors finished their case earlier Thursday.

Walker is accused of sexually assaulting 10 trainees. The charges against him range from rape and aggravated sexual assault to obstructing justice and violating rules of professional conduct. If convicted, Walker could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Officials have called the Walker trial the cornerstone case in an investigation of six Air Force instructors accused of similar crimes.

Investigators have identified at least 31 female trainees believed to be victims in the scandal that began in 2009.

Closing arguments are expected Friday.