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Victim calls decision in assault case shocking

Tuesday - 3/12/2013, 6:45pm  ET

This photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin. The case involving Franklin who dismissed charges against a lieutenant colonel convicted of sexual assault will be reviewed at the top levels of the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a letter released Monday, March 11, 2013. But it's seemed unlikely that the ruling would be changed. Hagel said that under military law, neither he nor the Air Force secretary has the authority to reverse Franklin's decision to overturn the conviction against Lt. Col. James Wilkerson, a former inspector general at Aviano Air Base in Italy. (AP Photo/U.S. Air Force)

RICHARD LARDNER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An advocacy group says the victim in an Air Force sexual assault case is shocked and disappointed by a general's decision to dismiss the charges against the officer found guilty of the crime by a jury and sentenced to a year in prison.

At a Capitol Hill press conference on Tuesday, a representative from Protect Our Defenders read portions of a statement from the woman, whose name was not disclosed to protect her identity. The statement said the woman endured eight months of public humiliation and was interrogated for several hours by the officer's lawyers without the benefit of having her own attorney present.

The case is expected to be a major topic during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assault in the military scheduled for Wednesday.


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