West Point Cadet Convicted of Sexual Assault

Sentenced to 21 years confinement

A six-member panel of U.S. Military Academy staff and faculty on May 5 found a cadet guilty of sexual assault after a four-day court-martial proceeding.

Jacob Whisenhunt, a member of the Class of 2019, was accused of assaulting a female classmate after a day of field training at Camp Buckner. Whisenhunt, 20, of Maxwell, Nebraska, was sentenced to 21 years of confinement, dismissed from the Army and forfeited pay and allowances.

The victim, also a member of the class of 2019, said the assault occurred on the night of July 8, 2016, when she awoke to find Whisenhunt touching her as the two slept outside after training. He then had intercourse with her, she said. Defense attorneys argued the sex had been consensual.

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