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Gazette Premium Content AFA's Cooks convicted in sexual assault case, booted from military

TOM ROEDER Updated: April 28, 2013 at 12:00 am

An Air Force Academy cadet has been convicted by a court martial panel on a sexual assault charge and kicked out of the military.

Air Force Academy cadet Jamil Cooks, who pleaded guilty last week to unlawfully entering women’s dorm rooms at the academy, was convicted by a court martial panel on a charge of abusive sexual contact, the academy announced Sunday morning.

The panel acquitted Cooks on charges of forcible sodomy and aggravated sexual assault.

The academy junior, a one-time football standout and Sierra High School graduate who has been a pre-trial lockup since December, was sentenced to time served and dismissal from the Air Force.

“Because cadet Cooks has already been confined longer than the sentence imposed, cadet Cooks has subsequently been released,” the academy said in a news release.

Cooks was charged in the sexual assault case after a woman came forward in early 2012 and said he had forced her into sex acts in an academy dorm room. The woman said the incident happened in May 2011.

The Gazette does not typically name accusers in sexual assault cases.

Cooks wound up in more trouble late last year, when he was accused of unlawfully entering the dorm rooms of two female cadets.

Cooks admitted the unlawful entry charges, but contested the sexual assault charges. His attorney said the accuser targeted Cooks after he declined to be her boyfriend.

While Cooks is out of the academy, it was unclear Sunday if he would be asked to repay the government for his education, a charge that could top $100,000 for every year at the school.

Before the charges, Cooks, a linebacker, appeared to have a bright future on the academy’s football team. As a sophomore, Cooks made 29 solo tackles, including two and half sacks. He was also credited with an interception.

Cooks was penned in as a starter for the 2012 season before he was held off the team.

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