Recent stories about sexual assault in the military

Camp Humphreys commander talks about possible impact of hiring freeze

The Trump administration's hiring freeze has left key jobs vacant and could jeopardize readiness at this U.S. base, the commander said Wednesday.

Navy ditches PowerPoint, brings in actors to battle sexual assault

The Navy is revamping its approach to combating sexual assault in its presentation to sailors and potentially in the way it monitors the accused.

Violent act of sodomy with baton was accident, French police claim

Théo, a 22-year-old French youth worker whose last name has not been released, maintained that the injury - which required major surgery to repair - was inflicted intentionally and that he was the victim of a horrific sexual assault.

Plan to lock up more immigrants could profit privately run detention centers

President Donald Trump’s plans to lock up more immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally could aid large private companies such as The GEO Group Inc., which has a federal contract to run the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., one of the largest in the nation.

Child porn investigation uncovered possible sexual assault of 12-year-old

A child porn investigation in Virginia Beach revealed what federal agents say was sexual contact between a convicted sex offender and a young girl, according to court documents. Marine veteran Bruce Lee Scott, 30, was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison, and still faces six felonies in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

Bills by Georgia lawmakers seek to help military members

A pair of new bills in the state Legislature from Houston County, Ga. lawmakers propose changes that might be important to female veterans and some Georgia National Guard members.

Pentagon outlines civilian jobs exempt from Trump hiring freeze

The Pentagon will exempt 16 categories of civilian jobs with direct national security and public safety responsibilities from the federal government hiring freeze instituted by President Donald Trump, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work wrote Wednesday in a memorandum.

Fort Carson authorities arrest soldier on suspicion of sexual assault of a minor

James Anthony Walker was arrested following an investigation that began in September. He allegedly began "sexting" the girl when she was 13 and engaged in a sexual relationship with her when she was 14.

Nebraska lawmaker quits after unsavory Women's March tweet

An outspoken Nebraska state legislator who was fined for having cybersex using a state computer resigned Wednesday after causing further outrage by sending a tweet that implied participants at a women's march were too unattractive to be victims of sexual assault.

Embattled founder of dubious Marines & Mickey charity arrested in Florida

An NCIS spokesman confirmed last year that the department was investigating John Shannon Simpson's charity. He could face a charge of Stolen Valor, a federal offense for making money off a lie about your military record.

Some veterans will join women’s march to protest after Trump inauguration

In keeping with tradition, military and veterans groups are participating in all aspects of Friday’s inauguration, from ceremonial roles to logistical ones. Less traditional is the participation of veterans and some military members in a day-after protest.

Obama commutes Manning’s sentence, pardons former Gen. Cartwright, omits Bergdahl

President Barack Obama has commuted the 35-year sentence of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, convicted of stealing thousands of pages of classified material and sending them to WikiLeaks, and pardoned retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in a leak investigation.

Obama commutes Manning’s sentence, pardons former Gen. Cartwright, omits Bergdahl

President Barack Obama has commuted the 35-year sentence of Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, convicted of stealing thousands of pages of classified material and sending them to Wikileaks, and pardoned retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in a leak investigation.

Connecticut soldier guilty of sexually assaulting teenager in his home

A jury in New London Superior Court convicted soldier Jarah M. Davis of two out of three charges Friday in connection with the May 23, 2015, sexual assault of a teen at his home in Waterford.

Navy clears appellate judge accused of lying while prosecutor

The Navy has cleared a top judge accused in an ethics complaint of lying in his previous job as prosecutor in a high-profile sexual assault case.

In its 100th year, Scott Air Force Base called a 'home of freedom'

Scott Air Force Base kicked off its centennial celebration Friday afternoon with Gov. Bruce Rauner declaring 2017 the “Year of Scott Air Base.”

Fort Carson sergeant faces rape charges in attacks on children

Sgt. Luis Melgarejo, a chemical weapons specialist from the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team, is charged with eight counts of sexual assault dating as far back as 2012. Three of the charges allege an assault on a girl who was under the age of 12.

Security forces airman from Air Force Academy accused of rape, drug dealing

A security forces airman at the Air Force Academy will face court-martial in March on charges including sexual assault and drug dealing.

Maine veteran uses military settlement money to buy house for veteran resource center

The woman who won more than $400,000 in back benefits from the military for claims related to sexual assaults when she was in the U.S. Navy has used some of that money to buy a house where veterans will be able to get help in obtaining social and health services.

Sailor in incestuous sex case found guilty on retrial

Senior Chief Electrician’s Mate Jose D. Domingo was convicted of abusive sexual contact and adultery after being accused of repeatedly raping and groping his niece over a 10-month span that ended in 2012

Ex-airman to get new sentencing on sex crimes convictions

A former senior airman convicted of sex crimes in 2014 is entitled to a rehearing on his sentence because prosecutors wrongly used evidence of other bad acts at his court-martial, according to the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.

Pentagon review could help veterans shed ‘bad paper’ discharges linked to trauma

The Defense Department announced Friday that it is reviewing and potentially upgrading the discharge status of veterans who might have been improperly discharged for reasons related to post-traumatic stress syndrome, sexual orientation, sexual assault and other circumstances.

Parris Island drill instructors face scrutiny after recruit's death

Since the death of Raheel Siddiqui — a Muslim recruit, who Marine investigators say committed suicide in March after being abused by a drill instructor — the spotlight has swung to Parris Island’s iconic instructors.

Army vet must serve at least 25 years for sexually abusing, choking child

Reginald Ben Mentor, a former Army soldier who served in Afghanistan, Iraq and Korea, was found guilty of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl and choked her until she was close to death.


Female, transgender servicemembers fear exclusion in Trump's Pentagon

Women and transgender troops in the U.S. military, seeking to defend their hard-fought access to combat roles against attacks from conservatives in Congress, are worried President-elect Donald Trump will overturn revolutionary Defense Department policies as part of his declared war on so-called "political correctness."

Advocates: Fairness for Veterans Act is only 1 step in fight against 'bad paper' discharges

While a measure protecting veterans with service-related conditions from receiving other-than-honorable discharges has made its way to President Barack Obama, advocates who led the effort to get it there want more to be done for the thousands of veterans they say were unjustly released.

Court-martial sentences still 'the Wild West' as proposed guidelines rejected

A sweeping change to military sentencing proposed by the Pentagon earlier this year didn’t make the cut in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, leaving military juries and judges with broad discretion in deciding how to punish troops convicted of crimes.

House passes veterans bill with provisions inspired by a sexual assault survivor

The Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 also includes language that would increase the VA’s reporting requirements pertaining to disability claims submitted by sexual assault victims.

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.

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.

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.


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.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 8, 2013


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