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Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

Bergdahl seeks pardon from Obama to avert desertion trial

If the pardon isn't granted, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's defense team said it will expand its legal strategy to the new administration by filing a motion arguing President-elect Donald Trump violated his due process rights with scathing public comments about the case.


Decorated Army veteran now marching in high heels, alleges retaliation at TSA

For Alyssa Bermudez, high heels, a dress and makeup are her new uniform as much as the one she wore in the sands of Iraq. They represent her evolution from Bronze Star soldier to professional woman.


Suicide should be ruled misconduct more often, lawyer says

The Air Force is investigating whether Col. Eugene Caughey, 46, formerly the vice commander of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, died in the line of duty. Caughery shot himself three weeks before his court-martial on rape, sexual assault and adultery charges was scheduled to start in October.


Navy testing app for sexual assault prevention

The Navy launched a six-month pilot program this month for sailors in Hampton Roads and Rota, Spain, to use the LiveSafe app in an effort to prevent sexual assaults and combat other destructive behaviors before they happen.


'I didn't do anything wrong,' says runner banned from Marine Corps Marathon

In the 2015 Marine Corps Historic Half-Marathon, runner Pat Huffman was apparently the third-fastest woman across the finish line. In many ways, it was the race of her life. Race organizers would later call it the most egregious case of cheating they'd ever seen. Huffman maintains her innocence and poses the same question as race officials: Why in the world would she ever cheat?


A point of pride or fear?

Sunrise was still almost three hours away. Bob Schmidt rubbed his eyes, straightened his camouflage hat and climbed into the driver's seat of his van. He was about to begin his daily drive through this politically deep-red region, picking up refugees and dropping them off at work.


For Colorado veterans, marijuana a controversial treatment

Tom couldn't sleep. After six years in the U.S. Navy, he found himself in the civilian world unable to readjust from his time on a ship, when a commanding officer would often wake up the sailors every few hours. He tried prescription sleep aids, but nothing really worked until he smoked some weed.


Americans living in Europe fielding questions about Trump's triumph

It is estimated that more than 8 million Americans live abroad, and in the wake of Trump's shock victory, many of those expats are now having to answer questions about how and why it happened.


Professor predicted in September Trump would win, extending streak to 30 years

Last month, the man who's tried to turn vote prediction into a science predicted a Trump win. Allan J. Lichtman, distinguished professor of history at American University, said Democrats would not be able to hold on to the White House.


Volunteers wanted for PTSD study of treatment some call a miracle

A treatment involving the injection of a local anesthetic next to a bundle of nerves in the neck has eased post-traumatic stress symptoms in some patients in as little as 30 minutes with dramatic, lasting results. Now, the Pentagon is funding a study at three Army medical centers to determine if the technique — long used for the treatment of pain — is truly effective in treating PTSD.


Sailor pleads guilty to secretly recording female sailors on USS Theodore Roosevelt

A military judge sentenced a sailor to 21 months confinement after he pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he recorded or attempted to record seven women without their knowledge while he was serving aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.


Air Force cadet avoids prison with plea deal in Boulder rape case

An Air Force cadet accused of sexually assaulting a woman on Boulder's University Hill last year will avoid prison after taking an "11th hour" plea deal Tuesday, three weeks before he was scheduled to stand trial.


Donald Trump increases lead with US military personnel despite scandals

According to an October poll conducted by the Military Times and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has emerged as a clear favorite among serving U.S. troops.


Saudi Arabia executes member of the royal family for first time in four decades

There was no doubt in Saudi Arabia's judicial system that Prince Turki bin Saud Al Kabir pulled the trigger during a melee that left a man dead. The bigger question in the public's mind was whether a member of the royal family would escape the common punishment of execution.


Senator joins calls to stop sexual violence at US Merchant Marine Academy

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., on Tuesday proposed that cadets at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy be provided with satellite phones when they train for a year at sea so they can quickly report sexual harassment or assault.


Texas Air Force veteran sentenced for kidnapping, sexually assaulting teens

Robert Blaine Harris, 50, who has been in custody since January, pleaded guilty to the charge in July.


ANALYSIS

Putin throws out the old nuclear rules, rattling Washington

Russian President Vladimir Putin's nuclear saber-rattling and military brinksmanship have upended the rules that long governed relations between Moscow and Washington, presenting the United States with a dangerous dilemma.


Man who supported Islamic State said he wanted to 'inspire fear, not coordinate actual attacks'

Qamar said that "as far as I understand, (the video) was a propaganda campaign" meant to inspire fear, not coordinate actual attacks. But prosecutors say he understood that the video would be used to explicitly encourage lone-wolf attacks in the country.


Freed Nigerian women describe life as forced Boko Haram brides

When the Nigerian military drove Boko Haram from the towns it had claimed for its self-declared caliphate, life got much worse for Fatima Ahmadu.


Did heartbreaking testimony affect sentencing of abusive Coast Guard member?

The hearing at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces could reach beyond former Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar M. Gomez, now serving an eight-year prison term. The case could speak to the role of roiled emotions as the military combats sexual assault.


More women accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual advances

Two Southern California women came forward Friday to accuse Donald Trump of accosting them, the latest in a spate of sexual misconduct allegations buffeting the Republican presidential nominee.


Neller tells Okinawa Marines they must adapt for new adversaries

During a town hall Thursday at Camp Kinser, the Marine Corps commandant remained cognizant of the extremist group but looked toward future and emerging threats.


Cadet acquitted in sexual assault court-martial at Air Force Academy

Sophomore cadet Jackson Spalding was cleared on three counts of sexual assault and a single count of conduct unbecoming an officer after his attorneys poked holes in the testimony of the alleged victim.


'Rock star' Navy judge accused of lying faces investigation, delayed promotion

Cmdr. Aaron Rugh's future and potentially dozens of criminal appeals he's overseen are being threatened by the fallout from the flawed investigation into Marine Maj. Mark Thompson, a former instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy convicted of having sex with two female midshipmen.


Former mid describes sexual assault while at Naval Academy in article

Annie Kendzior previously filed a lawsuit against Department of Defense officials in 2012 in which she said she received little support from the academy after reporting the sexual assaults.


Court-martial at Air Force Academy reveals forbidden trysts in classrooms

An Air Force Academy judge will decide whether a victim who didn't speak still meant "no" in an alleged sexual assault of a female cadet in a campus classroom.


'Still the best candidate': Some evangelicals still back Trump despite lewd video

Some evangelical leaders stood by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump even after a video was released on Friday containing his lewd remarks about women.


Air Force Academy cadet accused of sex assault to face court-martial

Jackson Spalding, a sophomore who graduated from Discovery Canyon High School in Colorado Springs, is accused of groping a female classmate during a March 6, 2015, incident in a classroom, the academy said Thursday.


Beale airman pleads guilty to sex charges

A Beale Air Force Base airman was convicted of sexually assaulting five Sutter County, Calif. teenagers between 2012 and 2013 and was sentenced to four years confinement.


Suspects sought in Camp Pendleton beach sex assaults

Military investigators are asking for the public's help in tracking two suspects and a possible witness in a sexual assault on the beach at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.


Air Force colonel, facing court-martial on sexual assault charges, found dead

An Air Force colonel facing court-martial next month on multiple counts of sexual assault was found dead Sunday at his Colorado home, according to the Air Force.


Vet advocates, lawmakers fight for NDAA protection against less-than-honorable discharges

Veterans service organizations are pressuring lawmakers working on the National Defense Authorization Act to include an amendment protecting servicemembers with mental illness from less-than-honorable discharges.


Navy helicopter squadron commander charged with attempted rape

The commander of a Guam-based Navy helicopter squadron was arrested Monday in San Diego on charges of attempted rape and assault, according to records from the city sheriff’s department.


Man accused in college sexual assault case is Marine based at Stewart Air Base

Kevin Guerrero, the man accused of raping a SUNY New Paltz student on Sunday, is a member of the Marine Corps unit at the Stewart Air National Guard Base.


2 members of the Coast Guard Academy face court-martial

The cadets are suspended from the corps of cadets following a recommendation by the academy superintendent while their sexual assault cases go through the judicial process.


Clinton, Trump spar on VA privatization

Hillary Clinton claimed Wednesday that Donald Trump is leading an effort to privatize the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system as the two lobbed attacks during a forum in New York City.


Air Force investigation renews debate about prosecuting one of their own

Generals are rarely brought to trial within the military justice system, much less convicted, and punishment is often just a demotion in rank. Many members of Congress would prefer that independent military prosecutors handle the cases rather than commanders.


Official: Merchant Marine Academy needs experts to fix sex misconduct problems

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has concluded that sexual harassment and assault and other misconduct at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy are so serious the school needs to hire a team of outside experts to address the campus culture, officials said this week.


Ex-Navy couple jailed, accused of coaching their children to have sex

A former military couple is in jail, accused of sexually assaulting two children over several years in an effort to teach the kids about sex.


Navy analysis found that a Marine's case would draw attention to Afghan 'sex slaves'

Last fall, the Navy Department had a controversial disciplinary case before it: Maj. Jason C. Brezler had been asked by Marine colleagues to submit all the information he had about an influential Afghan police chief suspected of abusing children. Brezler sent a classified document in response over an unclassified Yahoo email server, and he self-reported the mistake soon after. But the Marine Corps recommended that he be discharged for mishandling classified material.


Army veteran pleads guilty to series of sexual assaults in Alaska

Tony Bullock, 27, has pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and a single count of fourth-degree assault, according to the Alaska Department of Law.


Air Force investigating sexual assault report against 4-star general

The Air Force is investigating a sexual-assault report against a retired four-star general who was on active duty at the time of the alleged incident, service officials said Friday.


Advocate works to protect military sexual assault victims

Nancy Parrish is known as a philanthropist, investor, human rights activist and founder of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group for military sexual assault victims. She also spent more than two decades as a political consultant, strategist, adviser and operative for Southern Democrats, including the Carters and both Clintons.


Merchant Marine Academy under fire for sexual assault allegations

The academy's accreditation is now at risk — a first for a federal service school — and it is under growing scrutiny from Congress, its advisory board and the inspector general's office at the Department of Transportation, its parent agency.


Ex-soldier sentenced in cold-case sex crimes

Cooper is currently serving 30 years at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for charges of sexual assault against female victims at Army bases in Washington and Germany, according to the news release.


Former Air Force Academy cadet accused of sex assault attempt faced charges for similar incident

Prosecutors say former Air Force Academy cadet Mark Czerner was facing charges in another sexual assault case when he allegedly crept into another sleeping classmate's dorm room and attempted to sexually assault her.


First NM female Brig. Gen. retires

New Mexico National Guard Brig. Gen. Judy Griego said her retirement day was bittersweet, full of laughter and memories.


Air Force cadet set for trial in Boulder sex assault case

An Air Force cadet accused of sexually assaulting a woman on University Hill in 2015 is set for a week-long trial in November after pleading not guilty in Boulder District Court on Aug. 5.


More charges filed against ex-Air Force Academy cadet

Cadet Mark Czerner was set for a trial this month on charges that he sexually assaulted a classmate in a car on the campus on Valentine's Day 2015. The academy said four additional charges were brought against Czerner on July 22.


Army vet found guilty of kidnapping, raping girl in Texas

A Horizon City man on Monday was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl abducted from a high school football scrimmage in 2014.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013

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