But delays push back start of testimony
Major delays have pushed back the expected start of testimony in the trial of Air Force Master Sergeant Luis Waker, but a former trainee at Lackland Air Force Base is testifying this afternoon that Walker forced her to touch his genitals, and then was raped by the Military Training Instructor, 1200 WOAI news reports from Lackland.
Walker is facing 28 specifications, including rape, aggravated sexual assault, and attempted sexual assault. If convicted, he could be sentenced to prison for life.
"We anticipate the case will probably last five to six days," said Col. Polly Kelly, the staff judge advocate who is heading the prosecution.
Walker is the first of six MTI's at Lackland to stand trial in connection with the case. Kelly says he had inappropriate sexual contact with ten female trainees.
One of the MTI's charged in the case has pled guilty, and four others are set to face trial later this year. Walker is facing the most serious charges.
A total of 35 MTI's have been relieved of their duties while they are under investigation, and a total of twelve drill sergeants are under investigation.
31 women have announced they are victims in the case.