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    Air Force Academy Cadet Facing Court-Martial on Sexual Assault Charges

    Air Force Academy Cadet Facing Court-Martial on Sexual Assault Charges

    Women began outlining details of alleged sexual assault by an  Academy cadet in a court-martial on Wednesday.

    Cadet Justin Couty faces allegations that he sexually assaulted four women in a case that will be decided by Judge Lt. Col. Dayle Percle. Couty chose to have his case decided by a judge, rather than a jury.

    During opening statements at the Air Force Academy, 1st Lt. Latravious Johnson laid out accusations of rape and unwanted sexual contact that happened in 2019 and 2021.

    “After he finished with one victim, he went to the next one,” Johnson said.

    Civil attorney Michael Waddington spoke in Couty's defense, pointing out in some cases the women didn't tell Couty to stop, and when they did verbalize discomfort, Couty followed their wishes. He also noted the allegations arose in an environment where rumors involving Couty were flying online.

    The first woman to testify, a second lieutenant in the Space Force, described how she was friends and classmates with Couty when they went out to dinner together in November 2019. That night he accompanied her back to the home where she was staying and other cadets were drinking.

    Later that night, he joined her in bed with her consent, although she offered alternative places for him to sleep. She allowed him to stay in her bed because she trusted him, she said. They started kissing, but then she told him she was too drunk to go on and moved away from him to go…

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