Defense Begins Case In Rape Court-Martial At Texas Air Base

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

On Tuesday the defense began presenting its case in the Sheppard Air Force Base court-martial of an Air Force colonel who is charged with rape.

Prosecutors rested after a high-ranking enlisted member testified she was the target of repeated sexually suggestive comments by Col. Samuel Lofton III.The woman said she initially wasn't offended and thought Lofton was joking, but she later came to think it "creepy" when he began calling her after hours.

Lofton was the 82nd Training Group commander then at Sheppard near Wichita Falls. He's on trial on a rape count, four of indecent assault and two of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

Fear of losing their jobs at Sheppard Air Force Base, two civilian workers admitted to the military jury that Lofton forced himself on them, including one who says he also raped her.

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