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Lackland touts changes in wake of sex scandal

Published On: Sep 15 2013 03:22:07 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 15 2013 03:22:44 PM CDT
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -

(AP) - Officials at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland say they've made successful changes to prevent sexual assault in the wake of a massive scandal involving more than 20 basic training instructors.

Col. Deborah Liddick tells the San Antonio Express-News (http://bit.ly/18jxn1g ) that she's confident the training group she runs has built a safe working environment for trainees.

New rules require instructors and trainees to remain at least an arm's length apart. Beds have been removed from instructors' offices and a team keeps a log of all keys signed out.

The base goes as far as banning instructors from adding trainees as Facebook friends.

Twenty-four instructors have been convicted of crimes from rape to unprofessional relationships with trainees. One trainer, Luis Walker, was convicted of assaulting 10 female trainees.v