SAN ANTONIO (September 12, 2012)—Staff Sgt. Kwinton Estacio, an instructor swept up in a sex scandal at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a boot camp graduate.
Estacio faces the lesser charge of wrongful sexual contact after a military judge ruled Tuesday there isn't enough evidence to support a sexual assault charge.
Estacio pleaded guilty to other violations Monday, but pleaded not guilty to sexual assault.
A jury was to deliberate the sexual contact charge Wednesday.
The airman faces as much as 14 years in prison, but faced as much as 43 years before the sexual assault acquittal.
Military prosecutors have investigated more than a dozen instructors at the base in San Antonio, and charged six.