Key issue arises as trainer's hearing concludes

Were the Air Force trainees who had sex with their superiors in a supply room “grown women” who could make their own decisions or “impressionable teenagers” still under the sway of those who directed every aspect of their lives for the preceding 8½ weeks?

That was the ultimate question put forth during the Article 32 evidentiary hearing that wrapped up Friday morning against Staff Sgt. Craig LeBlanc, one of 12 trainers at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland being investigated for illicit sexual relationships with trainees.

LeBlanc has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, obstruction of justice, violating a no-contact order, adultery, absence without leave and making a false official statement.

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