charged with sexual misconduct
Two more military training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio--Lackland AFB have been snared in the investigation into drill instructors having sexual relations with their female trainees, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Staff Sergeant Craig LeBlanc has been charged with sexual misconduct with two female training students, violating a no contact order, obstruction of justice, and adultery, which is a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Staff Sergeant Kwinton Estacio is charged with sexual misconduct with one female basic training student, as well as violating a no conduct order, and obstruction of justice.
Both are assigned to the 737th Training Group.
Both men are set to appear before their Article 32 hearings at Lackland in the coming week.
"Any time that allegations like this are made we take them seriously and investigate them thoroughly," said Brent Boller, a spokesman for Joint Base San Antonio.
The Air Force stresses that it has a zero tolerance toward drill instructors fraternizing with male or female trainees.
These two make four military training instructors who have been charged since instructor Peter Vega-Maldanado agreed to cooperate with investigators. He was facing one count of sexual misconduct. Another drill instructor, Sergeant Luis Walker, is set to stand trial on charges that he had an improper relationship with ten female trainees.
Lackland, which calls itself the 'Gateway to the Air Force' is the home of all Air Force basic training for male and female trainees.