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RAF LAKENHEATH, England — The court-martial of a 48th Fighter Wing airman charged with raping two airmen in separate incidents a year apart continued Monday with testimony from the second alleged victim.

A 23-year-old airman testified that Airman Renato Sanchez del Carpio, from the 48th Dental Squadron, raped her in his dormitory room Oct. 4, 2006. Sanchez also faces a rape charge in the alleged assault of another airman in her dorm room following a night of partying on Oct. 28, 2005.

A seven-person jury — two women and five men — heard that the second alleged victim did not report her rape accusation until two weeks later when she was called in to the base’s Office of Special Investigations for a separate rape incident not related to this case, according to court testimony.

The woman told the court that she was afraid to talk to authorities following her alleged rape.

When questioned by OSI, the airman told agents that she was not raped. However, memories from that night in Sanchez’s dorm room resurfaced and she broke down crying, eventually telling her story to OSI agents, according to testimony.

“I started realizing that I needed to tell somebody what happened,” she testified.

She told the court that she phoned Sanchez while doing laundry at one of the dorms because her washer and dryer at her home were broken. He invited her over to watch a movie in his dorm room. She claimed that he began to touch her while they both were on his bed. He then straddled her and raped her, she testified.

Holding back tears, she testified that she did not fight back and just laid on the bed staring at Sanchez’s closed eyes.

“I thought if I fought back it would just make it worse. I had tears in my eyes,” she said, adding that Sanchez had never been violent to her in the past.

She then testified that after he finished, she left his dorm room in a hurry.

Earlier in Monday’s court-martial, the lead investigator in the 2005 incident took the stand.

Under questioning by the prosecution, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Teas testified that the stories of the alleged victim and other witnesses were inconsistent. Also, the alleged victim could not properly identify the man who raped her because she said the room was too dark, according to Teas’ testimony.

A friend of the alleged victim later pointed out Sanchez to her as a possible attacker since he had “spiky dark hair,” which was the only distinguishing feature that she could remember of her attacker.

The trial is expected to continue Tuesday.


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