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Sexual Assault Convictions

Each month we publish the sexual assault acquittals that happen in the Army. Some Soldiers have contacted our office, and requested that we also publish sexual assault convictions. The following is a list of all sexual assault convictions and Article 120 convictions in the Army for the month of May:

Fort Riley, Kansas: On 01 May 2017, at a special court-martial, a Specialist was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of one specification of indecent exposure in violation of Article 120c, UCMJ. The military judge sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to be confined for 45 days, and to be discharged from the service with a bad-conduct discharge.

Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii: On 03 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Specialist was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of one specification of attempting to escape custody, one specification of damaging government property, and two specifications of wrongfully distributing a controlled substance in violation of Articles 80, 108, and 112a, UCMJ.  The accused was convicted by a military panel composed of officer and enlisted members, contrary to his plea, of one specification of rape in violation of Article 120, UCMJ.  The members sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to be confined for 10 years, and to be discharged from service with a dishonorable discharge.

West Point, New York: On 04 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Cadet was convicted by a military panel composed of officer members, contrary to his pleas, of three specifications of sexual assault in violation of Article 120, UCMJ.  The members sentenced the accused to be reprimanded, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to be confined for 21 years, and to be dismissed from the service.

Fort Sill, Oklahoma: On 09 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Staff Sergeant was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of five specifications of rape of a child and eight specifications of sexual abuse of a child in violation of Article 120b, UCMJ.  The military judge sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to be confined for 56 years, and to be discharged from the service with a dishonorable discharge.  As part of an offer to plead guilty, a pretrial agreement limited confinement to 15 years.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska: On 09 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Private was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of one specification of disobeying a lawful order, one specification of resisting apprehension, and one specification of sexual assault in violation of Articles 92, 95, and 120, UCMJ. The military judge sentenced the accused to be confined for 24 months and to be discharged from the service with a dishonorable discharge. As part of an offer to plead guilty, a pretrial agreement required the convening authority to commute the adjudged dishonorable discharge to a bad-conduct discharge.

Fort Benning, Georgia: On 10 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Private was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of two specifications of disobeying a lawful order and two specifications of sexual assault in violation of Articles 92 and 120, UCMJ.  The military judge sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to be confined for 10 years, and to be discharged from the service with a dishonorable discharge.  As part of an offer to plead guilty, a pretrial agreement limited confinement to 5 years.

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri: On 10 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Staff Sergeant was convicted by a military judge, contrary to his plea, of one specification of assault consummated by battery in violation of Article128, UCMJ.  The accused was acquitted of four specifications of abusive sexual contact and one specification of indecent viewing in violation of Articles 120 and 120c, UCMJ. The military judge sentenced the accused to be reprimanded, to be reduced to the grade of E-4, and to perform hard labor without confinement for 3 months.

Rose Barracks, Germany: On 11 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Sergeant First Class was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of one specification of false official statements and two specifications of abusive sexual contact in violation of Articles 107 and 120, UCMJ.  The military judge sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to be confined for 16 months, and to be discharged from the service with a bad-conduct discharge.  As part of an offer to plead guilty, a pretrial agreement required the convening authority disapprove the adjudged bad-conduct discharge and the adjudged reduction below the grade of E-4.

Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska: On 16 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Private was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of two specifications of sexual assault and one specification of unlawful entry in violation of Articles 120 and 134, UCMJ.  The military judge sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to forfeit all pay and allowances, to be confined for 6 years, and to be discharged from the service with a dishonorable discharge.

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri: On 18 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Master Sergeant was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of four specifications of disobeying a lawful general order, three specifications of cruelty and maltreatment, two specifications of abusive sexual contact, and one specification of obstructing justice in violation of Articles 92, 93, 120, and 134, UCMJ.  The military judge sentenced the accused to be reprimanded, to be reduced to the grade of E-4, to be confined for 100 days, and to be discharged from the service with a bad-conduct discharge.

Fort Belvoir, Virginia: On 18 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Captain was convicted by a military panel composed of officer members, contrary to his pleas, of one specification of cruelty and maltreatment, one specification of abusive sexual contact, one specification of assault consummated by battery, and one specification of conduct unbecoming an officer in violation of Articles 93, 120, 128, and 133, UCMJ.  The accused was acquitted of one specification of attempted rape in violation of Article 80, UCMJ.  The members sentenced the accused to be confined for 180 days and to be dismissed from the service.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington: On 19 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Master Sergeant was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of one specification of disobeying a lawful general regulation and one specification of fraternization in violation of Articles 92 and 134, UCMJ. Contrary to his pleas, the accused was convicted of one specification of indecent exposure and one specification of disorderly conduct in violation of Articles 120c and 134, UCMJ. The accused was acquitted of two specifications of conspiracy, two specifications of cruelty and maltreatment, two specifications of sexual assault, one specification of disorderly conduct, and one specification of unlawful entry in violation of Articles 81, 93, 120, and 134, UCMJ.  The military judge sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-3 and to be discharged from the service with a bad-conduct discharge.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington: On 24 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Staff Sergeant was convicted by a military judge, contrary to his pleas, of one specification of false official statements and two specifications of sexual assault in violation of Articles 107 and 120, UCMJ.  The accused was acquitted of two specifications of sexual assault and one specification of adultery in violation of Articles 120 and 134, UCMJ.  The military judge sentenced the accused to be reduced to grade of E-1, to be confined for 8 years, and to be discharged from the service with a dishonorable discharge.

Fort Sill, Oklahoma: On 31 May 2017, at a general court-martial, a Private was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his plea, of one specification of sexual abuse of a child in violation of Article 120b, UCMJ.  The military judge sentenced the accused to be confined for 8 months and to be discharged from the service with a bad-conduct discharge.  As part of an offer to plead guilty, a pretrial agreement limited confinement to 119 days.

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