Former Lackland AFB Military Training Instructor Bobby Bass, who at one point was facing the possibility of life in prison for his role in the sex with recruits scandal, today was sentenced to just six months in jail, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Bass had been charged with raping a male Airman while he was stationed at an air based in Kyrgyzstan, in central Asia, but a court martial at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi yesterday acquitted him of that charge.
But he was convicted of several counts of humiliating and abusing basic trainees at Lackland.
Among the offenses Bass was convicted of, ordering trainees to stand naked against the wall of a shower room. He also squeezed the shins of a trainee who had complained of shin splints following a training exercise.
Bass was also ordered reduced in rank from Tech Sergeant to Staff Sergeant, a reduction of one grade, and he was fined $3,000.
Col. Polly Kenny, the Staff Judge Advocate for the Second Air Force, says Bass' offenses were uncovered by investigators who were looking into past cases of abuse at Lackland, before the scandal broke in 2011. The incidents he was convicted of occurred in 2009.
"We started looking into the MTI situation and into his duties as an MTI and we discovered some of this misconduct," she told 1200 WOAI news.
Kenny says the Air Force has contacted all recruits who went through basic military training at Lackland as far back as 2002, and has also set up a hot line for recruits to report abuse.
"I think this is a very good example of the Air Force taking allegations such as these very seriously," she said.
Bass is the 16th former MTI who has faced a court martial in the ongoing scandal at Lackland. Several dozen victims have come forward, and a total of 33 instructors have been investigated.