GUARD CADET ACQUITTED
Despite the defense shooting holes in the prosecution's case that African-American Cadet Webster Smith "raped" and "assaulted" several white women at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., the Houston, Texas man was found guilty of several lesser charges which will surely result in him being booted out of the military. He could get up to 13 years in prison, but courtroom observors tell MilitaryCorruption.com that is "very unlikely."
The hulking cadet was acquitted of the most serious charge - rape - but found guilty of "indecent assault, extortion. sodomy, failure to obey an order, and absent without leave."
It took the jury just eight hours to come back with the verdict. Webster was expressionless as the result was read, but broke down in tears after leaving the courtroom. So did several family members who crowded around the soon-to-be ex-cadet.
Webster, 23, was accused by four females, including an ex-girlfriend, of various sex offenses. During the court proceedings, one of the women admitted going to Webster's room three times in one night. She acknowledged she posed for naked photos, gave the cadet a "massage" and performed oral sex on her alleged attacker.
The woman claimed she did it because she "feared" Webster might "expose" a crime she had committed that could have gotten her kicked out of the Coast Guard. The now-commissioned officer, who faces no punishment herself, testified under cross-examination that Webster didn't force her at any time to participate in the sexual acts.
Sentencing for the convicted cadet is set for sometime in July.
RAPE VICTIM IN COAST GUARD CASE
"CAN'T REMEMBER" SO-CALLED ATTACK BECAUSE
SHE WAS DRUNK - COURT-MARTIAL TESTIMONY
REVEALS SHE WENT TO CONCERT WITH CADET
WEBSTER SMITH NEXT NIGHT AFTER CLAIMED
"DATE RAPE" - EVEN HAD SEX WITH HIM AGAIN
ANOTHER FEMALE ACCUSER ADMITS POSING
FOR NAKED PIX - GAVE "ATTACKER" MASSAGE
BUT PROSECUTION STILL PUSHES FOR
"POLITICALLY-CORRECT" TRIAL DESPITE
DAMAGE TO GENUINE CASES OF SEX ASSAULT
GUARD ROCKED BY SEX CHARGES