Associated Press
Wednesday, March 11, 2020

DENVER (AP) - A former U.S. Air Force Academy cadet was sentenced to five years in prison following his conviction for sexually assaulting a female cadet, authorities said.

Pablo Velarde, 20, of Lima, Peru, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Denver Tuesday, The Denver Post reports.

Velarde was sentenced on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one count of abusive sexual contact, U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn’s office said.

Valarde assaulted the woman in her dormitory room in October 2018, authorities said.

The Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs withdrew Velarde’s enrollment before the trial.

“This violent assault has done tremendous damage - both to the victim, as well as to the Air Force Academy itself,” Dunn said in statement.

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