Woman testifies about alleged prostitution ring at Fort Hood
By ESTHER ROBARDS-FORBES | Austin American-Statesman | Published: June 3, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas — A former sexual assault prevention officer at Fort Hood faces charges at a hearing today that he set up a prostitution ring that sought to set up cash-strapped female soldiers with higher ranking officers for sex.
Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen is accused of pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, adultery and detrimental conduct. McQueen, a non-commissioned officer, was a low-level coordinator in Fort Hood’s sexual assault and harassment program.
The Article 32 hearing is similar to a grand jury proceeding in civilian court and an investigating officer will recommend if the case should go to trial. Several service members are scheduled to testify about McQueen’s alleged involvement in the ring.
A young private first class, who was 20 at the time of the alleged misconduct, testified this morning that McQueen had approached her on base and asked her how she was doing. She told him she was having financial difficulties. Her husband had cleaned out their bank account and left her and her 3-year-old son, she testified.
McQueen told her there were other ways to make money and arranged to meet her at her on-base home that night, she said. He told her that he could connect her with higher ranking officers who were willing to pay to have sex with her.
McQueen then asked her to “act out what (she) would do” and he had sex with her, she said. He took a picture of her while she was undressed. The woman told the court that McQueen would show the picture to other service members to see if they were interested in paying for sex with her.
The woman told the court that she met with Master Sgt. Brad Grimes at a La Quinta Inn in Killeen in 2013. Grimes was found guilty in a previous court-martial of conspiring to patronize a prostitute and solicitation to commit adultery. He was demoted to sergeant first class and received a letter of reprimand.
The woman also testified that McQueen tried to get her to recruit other women to be involved in the ring.
McQueen’s hearing is expected to last two days. The case has put increasing pressure on the military to address sexual misconduct in the ranks.