Commanders on Friday dismissed charges against an Air Force Academy cadet accused of sexually assaulting an Aurora woman in May.
The decision by Brig. Gen. Richard Clark, the academy’s commandant of cadets, to drop all charges against Cadet Kyle A. Cressy came a month after the case was aired in an evidence hearing at the Air Force Academy.
The academy also announced on Friday that Clark recommended Cadet Stephan H. Claxton face a court martial in a separate sex assault case. Prosecutors allege Claxton crept beside a sleeping woman in March 2011 and allegedly placed her hand on his genitals.
Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, the academy’s superintendent, will make a final decision on the matter. The academy did not say when Gould would rule.
At Cressy’s Jan. 30 hearing, a woman told Lt. Col. Jon Burgess that she was raped in May after a night of heavy drinking and partying off academy grounds.
The woman testified that she passed out on Cressy’s bed and awoke to a man touching her inappropriately. She fell back asleep after swatting his hand away several times.
The woman told authorities she later awoke to a man having sex with her.
The woman — who said she “was in and out of consciousness” — never said “no” and kissed the man once before passing out again. Two days later, she reported being sexually assaulted.
The Gazette does not usually identify alleged sex assault victims.
Claxton and Cressy are two of three cadets charged on Jan. 5 in connection with separate sex assault cases at the Air Force Academy.
The third cadet, Robert M. Evenson Jr., appeared this week for an evidence hearing in his case, officially called an Article 32 hearing.
Evenson faces six sexual assault charges, including rape, stalking, conduct unbecoming of an officer and using his position with the academy’s honor system to obtain sexual favors.
His hearing is expected to continue Monday.
After the hearing, an officer will recommend to commanders whether the case should move to court-martial.
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