Article 32 hearing scheduled for airman accused of sexual assault

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An Article 32 hearing will be held Tuesday for an airman accused of sexual assault. 

Airman First Class John Castro Lopez is charged with sexual assault and abusive sexual contact.

Castro Lopez is stationed at the Air Force Academy, but is not affiliated with the school, according to Academy officials. 

An Article 32 hearing is similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding. It’s used to determine if probable cause exists to support the charges and specifications.

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