San Antonio-Lackland airman charged in Texas rape case
SAN ANTONIO — An Air Force reservist was arrested Thursday at his job on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland after a grand jury indicted him for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting a former live-in girlfriend.
Tech. Sgt. Alex Omar Granados was released from jail after posting $75,000 bond on charges of aggravated sexual assault, which carries a maximum life sentence.
Wearing Air Force fatigues, the bespectacled Granados was led to a magistrate hearing by a pair of Bexar County sheriff's deputies.
“It's very rare to have an active-duty military person charged with aggravated sexual assault,” Bexar County First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said.
A civilian life-support technician with the Air Force Reserve's 433 Airlift Wing, Granados, 39, of Universal City, was charged with attacking the woman in an apartment. Authorities said the incident occurred during the early morning hours of June 23, after he and the woman had been drinking. He is accused of hitting the woman with his fist, kicking her and raping her at a Universal City residence.
The woman had an ongoing relationship with Granados that Herberg described as turbulent.
“I think it surprised everyone,” said Air Force Reserve Maj. Timothy Wade, spokesman for the wing. “I can't comment on what his leadership may have known, but this happened in a civilian capacity, so I probably would say not.”
Granados is among a growing number of troops to become ensnared in a rash of sexual-assault allegations that have shaken the Pentagon and prompted a revamping of military law.
A sex scandal at Lackland has seen 35 instructors investigated for misconduct with 71 recruits and technical school trainees, with more trials on the docket.