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2 Air Force Sgts. Face Sex Charges

July 8, 1999

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Two sergeants are charged with having sex with four female students at Brooks Air Force Base, with one accused of giving advance copies of tests to two women.

Master Sgt. Mark E. Gibson and Tech. Sgt. Apolinar Paul Bernal have been accused of ``unprofessional relationships″ with a total of seven women, all recent basic training graduates from Lackland Air Force Base, Brooks spokeswoman Maj. Erin Campbell said Wednesday.

Bernal, a Gulf War veteran with 17 years in the Air Force, is accused of giving out the tests to two women he allegedly had sex with, Campbell said.

Both sergeants are charged with multiple violations of the military code and have been removed as instructors at Brooks’ U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine.

Gibson, a 15-year veteran, is accused of having sexual relationships with two women and making sexual overtures to a third. He faces a maximum of 21 years in a military prison if convicted.

Bernal is accused of having sex with two women, groping a third, and trying to develop an unprofessional relationship with a fourth student. He could get up to 17 years in prison if convicted.

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