Air Force Sergeant Sentenced For Rape Of Trainee At Texas Base

SAN ANTONIO (March 17, 2013)--A military judge sentenced Air Force instructor Staff Sgt. Eddy Soto to four years in prison for raping a female trainee at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, where he worked.

Lt. Col. Matthew Van Dalen also sentenced Soto to a dishonorable discharge after convicting him of rape Saturday during a court-martial at Lackland.

More than 30 Lackland instructors have been investigated in the military sex scandal.

Soto was the ninth trainer convicted in the scandal and sentenced to prison or hard labor.

Van Dalen acquitted Soto on charges of aggravated sexual assault and wrongful sexual contact.

Soto previously pleaded guilty to five counts, including having had sex with a female trainee and with the wife of a male trainee.