Senior airman pleads guilty in Lackland Air Force Base sex scandal

June 28, 2013 9:57:01 AM PDT
Another former trainer at a South Texas Air Force base has pleaded guilty in a sex scandal with recruits and could be booted from the service.

A military judge in San Antonio on Friday considers accepting the plea and then sentencing Senior Airman Andrew Lira.

Prosecutors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland charged Lira with having unprofessional relationships, adultery and two counts of obstructing justice. The incidents involved several female recruits.

The San Antonio Express-News reports Lira, who pleaded guilty Thursday, could get a year in custody and a bad-conduct discharge.

Prosecutors say all of Lira's relationships were consensual -- but violated Air Force rules.

His case is the 23rd sexual misconduct court-martial at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in the past 14 months. Most of the defendants were convicted.

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