SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An Air Force training instructor charged in the sex scandal at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland has pleaded guilty.
Joint Base San Antonio officials say Staff Sgt. Jason Manko's admitted to exchanging texts of a sexual nature, including sexually explicit photos, and engaging in sexual activities with a female trainee in technical school. Manko was sentenced to 45 days confinement, reduction to the grade of E-3 (Airman First Class), forfeiture of $500 pay per month for 3 months and hard labor without confinement for 30 days as well as a 30-day restriction to Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland.
Manko and 17 other instructors are being investigated in a scandal that has led to criminal charges against six and shaken up air Force leadership. Manko's is the 5th completed court-martial.
Last week, Col. Deborah Liddick was handed the reins to the 737th training group but downplayed the significance of a woman taking over Air Force basic training at such a visible moment.
More than 40 women have been identified as victims of inappropriate contact, harassment or sexual assault.
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