ALLEGED RAPE VICTIM TESTIFIES SHE THREW
PANTY-HOSE IN COLONEL'S FACE AFTER ATTACK
FEMALE WORKER AT SHEPPARD AFB ONE OF
THREE WOMEN TO MAKE SEX CHARGES AGAINST
COL SAMUEL LOFTON III - FORMER COMMANDER
OF 82ND TRAINING GROUP ALSO FACES AWOL
RAP PLUS 20 LARCENY COUNTS AND CONDUCT
UNBECOMING AN OFFICER - COULD GET LIFE
IN PRISON AT DB - TESTIMONY IN FIRST DAY OF
SENSATIONAL ARTICLE 32 HEARING PUTS
"CREDIBILITY" OF ONE ACCUSER IN DOUBT
Either the colonel is being set-up "big-time," or he is a monstrous sexual predator. There is no "in-between."
Col. Samuel Lofton III is accused of brutally raping at least one civilian female worker at Sheppard AFB and sexually assaulting several others. He's also facing 20 counts of larceny, an AWOL rap, and multiple counts of unbecoming an officer. If found guilty of all charges at court-martial, he faces life in prison at the Leavenworth Disciplinary Barracks.
"He asked to keep my panty hose" after raping her, one of three women workers testified. "I said: What are you thinking - Monica Lewinsky?" the accuser testified. Then she said she "threw" the torn under garment right in the colonel's face.
This same woman was caught under cross-examination admitting that she signed a card for Lofton last May when he was removed from his command at the training group amid allegations of financial impropriety.
"CREDIBILITY" OF AT LEAST ONE FEMALE ACCUSER IN QUESTION
At the time, the "victim" wrote that Col. Lofton had her "deepest respect" and that she was "praying" that he would "weather this storm." An odd choice of words for a female to write to her rapist. Her words were read aloud in court by a defense attorney.
No, not at all the actions of a woman who had been violated. And the "Lewinsky" comment also doesn't fit what a frightened and upset female would say to her attacker if the sex had been forced upon her.
In addition to those credibility questions, the alleged victim acknowledged on the witness stand that "sometimes" she would see Lofton in the hallway at work after the alleged rape had occurred, and said their interactions were always "pleasant and professional."
COULD THIS BE A "SET-UP" IN CASE THE LARCENY COUNTS
CAN'T BE PROVEN?
We don't know what the truth is here. If the colonel is guilty he should be locked up for good. But we want to find out if its possible the brass want to be sure they obtain a conviction by engaging in overkill. Could the female accusers been given some sort of incentive to bring charges against the colonel?
Another female testified Lofton made "suggestive" comments to her and called her at home but she admitted under ross-examination that at no time was she offended or felt like a victim.
A third woman claimed the colonel forcibly kissed her at work and placed her hand on his genitals. She testified she told him to "stop" both times it happened.
The non-sexual charges are serious indeed. Lofton is accused of abusing his government travel card to the tune of $10,000 over a two-year period. Also, he's alleged to have been absent-without-leave on several occasions from the Texas air base, located just south of the Oklahoma border.
The Article 32 hearing is set to resume today.
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