Wheatland, Wy – Two British soldiers have been acquitted
of charges of raping a Guernsey woman last July while they were on
a training mission in Wyoming. One was convicted of misdemeanor
The jury of seven men and six women in Platte County District
Court in Wheatland returned the verdict this afternoon (Wednesday)
after deliberating for less than two hours. The trial began on
Scott Aitken and Andrew Leighton were charged with first-degree
sexual assault. They faced five and 50 years in prison if they had
Both testified that the woman had consented to having sex. The
woman testified she didn't consent.
Aitken was convicted of a misdemeanor battery charged and
sentenced to 47 days in jail after being given credit for time
Aitken admitted on the stand that he urinated on the woman,
which led to the battery charge.