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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:11 PM

Lackland trainer's trial first of four in 5 weeks


Tech. Sgt. Samuel Wicks, a basic training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, faces up to 18 years in prison.

Lackland trainer's trial first of four in 5 weeks
By Sig Christenson, STAFF WRITER
Updated 11:14 pm, Sunday, February 17, 2013

A basic training instructor accused of sending a trainee a video of himself masturbating goes to trial this week as the Air Force steps up the pace of legal proceedings in a growing boot camp sex scandal.

Tech. Sgt. Samuel Wicks faces up to 18 years for sending the video over a cellphone as well as trying to strike up relationships with women he never met.

It is the first of four court-martials over the next five weeks at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, and part of an effort to uncover wrongdoing and punish it.

“As far as I'm concerned, we will turn over every rock and are not afraid of what we might find because we believe it is absolutely important and critical for the integrity of the institution that we do the absolute best job we can of understanding the extent of what happened and ensuring that we protect any victims,” said Gen. Edward Rice Jr., head of the Air Education and Training Command.

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