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AFA Cadet sentenced to 2 1/2 years, booted from Academy for child porn charges

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - An Air Force Academy cadet is headed to jail for two and a half years after pleading guilty to child porn charges as well as wrongfully recording two civilians in a shower. 

A court martial for Cadet 1st Class Jacob Cook was held on Tuesday morning. 

As part of a plea agreement, the judge dismissed a charge of abusive sexual contact.

Along with jail time, Cook has lost his title as a cadet and will no longer be eligible for Academy benefits including scholarships or stipend.

Cook was originally charged with abusive sexual contact, knowingly and wrongfully recording by means of a cellphone camera the private areas of civilian victims without their consent, and under circumstances in which they had a reasonable expectation of privacy, and
knowingly and wrongfully possessing child pornography. 

READ MORE: AFA cadet accused of possessing child porn, filming without consent

He pleaded guilty to wrongfully recording two girls in a bathroom.

Cook stated that both girls were civilians and that they were friends of his. He said he invited them to his father's house in Washington State where he recorded them undressing and showering without their consent. Cook apparently put his camera under the mirror in his father's bathroom. 

Cook admitted to stitching together those clips to make videos for his personal use and putting them on his private twitter account called "LurkerMurker7."

Twitter got information on the account and reported it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well as Internet Crimes Against Children.

After further investigation, it turns out 13 of the still images he viewed through that Twitter account were in fact pictures of children in the NICMIC database. 

Cook also pleaded guilty to a charge of owning and possessing child pornography. Cook had more than 100 videos and images combined containing children ages 13 to 18, which he admitted to viewing on the Academy's network.

During court proceedings, a couple of fellow cadets took the stand. They spoke positively of Cook. One said,"he's an incredible man of character."

The prosecution rebutted their statements with evidence from Cook's younger sister who accused him of videotaping her in the bathroom undressing in November of 2016.

When it was Cook's turn to talk, he apologized to his dad in tears, and his dad said he forgave him.

Cook also said, "the military offered me something other jobs couldn't...I wanted to leave for the day knowing I made a difference."

Cook ended his statement with, "because of my action, I'm going to be forever separated."


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