Air Force Academy cadet found not guilty of sexual assault

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — An Air Force Academy cadet has been acquitted of sexual misconduct.

The ruling came at a court martial Wednesday. Cadet 3rd Class Jackson Spalding was charged with one specification of sexual assault, two specifications of abusive sexual conduct, and one specification of conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman.

All of the charges stemmed from one incident involving one victim at the Academy on March 6, 2015.

Academy officials said Spalding’s case was heard by a military judge who listened to testimony, reviewed the evidence, and determined Spalding was not guilty. In the military, defendants can choose whether to have a case heard by a panel of officers or a military judge.

“During this time, the Academy will make all efforts to protect and support both Cadet Spalding and the alleged victim,” Academy officials said in a statement. “The Academy is committed to fostering a culture where each person gives and receives dignity and respect.”

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