From the My San Antonio: Staff Sgt. Luis A. Walker, the boot camp instructor at the center of the worst Air Force basic training sexual misconduct scandal in history, was found guilty of all counts Friday.
Standing at attention and flanked by his defense team, Walker stood expressionless as Col. Michael A. Romero,
the president of the jury, pronounced him guilty of seven charges and
28 specifications of misconduct. Walker was red-eyed, with tears
streaming down his face, as he left the court.
In a basement room of the 37th Training Wing headquarters building at
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, a group of Walker's victims also broke
into tears. After hearing the pronouncements of several guilty
verdicts, one woman collapsed, and others embraced her and each other on
the floor. After the last specification was read, they consoled one
another, sobbing, with some hugging.
“I think you define a victory by a win, and I'm not sure that any of us win when we have a situation like this,” said Col. Polly Kenny,
an Air Force lawyer. “I doubt that even the victims feel like it's a
victory. I'm sure that they feel vindicated somewhat that they
Walker left the courthouse with his wife and family, perhaps spending his last night as a free man, after the judge, Col. Wesley Moore, ordered a pause in the proceedings.
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