Fairchild Rape Trial; New Information - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fairchild Rape Trial; New Information

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A former civilian survival instructor at Fairchild Air Force Base has been acquitted of charges that he raped a woman in a base interrogation room.

Michael W. Fassbender, 32, smiled Wednesday as the jury acquitted him of three counts of first degree rape and one count of assault.

Fassbender earlier this week testified that the rough sex at the base was consensual. He said he met the woman online and took her to the base because she was interested in his job. He told the jury that he choked the woman and slapped her, but knew in his heart he
didn't rape her.
      

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