U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – An Article 32 hearing for Cadet 2nd Class Armis J. Sunday is scheduled for July 18, 2018.
Sunday has been charged with one specification alleging violation of Article 120, Uniform Code of Military Justice, for sexual assault.
An Article 32 hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding. The primary role of the hearing is to determine if probable cause exists to support the charge and its specifications. A preliminary hearing officer presides over the hearing, and submits his or her report of the proceedings with recommendations to the Special Court Martial Convening Authority (SPCMCA). The SPCMCA (Commandant of Cadets) will then decide whether to dismiss the case, recommend to the General Court Martial Convening Authority (the Academy Superintendent) that the case be referred to a General Court-Martial, or dispose of the case through other disciplinary or administrative action.
It must be emphasized that charges are merely accusations, and the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.