Hearing delayed for Fort Hood soldier implicated in sex ring
WASHINGTON — The Article 32 hearing for an Army sergeant at Fort Hood in Texas, who was tasked with helping prevent sexual assault but is alleged to have prostituted junior soldiers, has been delayed.
According to a Wednesday news release from Fort Hood, a defense counsel request for a delay of the hearing for Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen. He was charged March 7 and faces 21 counts related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, adultery and detrimental conduct.
Another Fort Hood soldier was court-martialed in the case. The Associated Press reported that Master Sgt. Brad Grimes was convicted in December of conspiring to patronize a prostitute and solicitation to commit adultery, and was reprimanded and demoted.
According to a report in the Killeen Daily Herald, a female private testified in Grimes’ court-martial under a grant of immunity that she was having financial difficulties when McQueen discussed the possibility of her working as an escort for high-ranking noncommissioned officers, as well as for civilians, who were willing to pay to “hang out” and have sex with low-ranking soldiers.
This case and others have increased pressure on the Pentagon to confront sexual misconduct in the military. Congress has debated remedies for months.
At the time of the alleged incidents, McQueen was a sexual assault prevention officer with III Corps’ Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.
The special court-martial convening authority approved the request for delay until June 3.