Five Fort Johnson soldiers accused of sexually assaulting three women had all charges against them withdrawn Friday “due to recently discovered evidence,” according to officials at the Louisiana Army post.

“A determination was made that the evidence was no longer sufficient to support prosecution,” according to the statement provided by Fort Johnson.

A total of 36 counts of charges including sexual assault, recording or photographing without consent and conspiracy against Spc. John Paul Bianzon, Pfc. Franz Robert Camentil, Pfc. Ajjashery Jalnaiz Flores, Spc. Cyrus Moises Ranada Labial, and Pfc. Frinz Deivhid Ramit.

All of the charges stemmed from two incidents that occurred Sept. 24, 2022, at Fort Johnson, and Nov. 25, 2022, in Rosepine, La., according to court records.

The five soldiers were arrested Nov. 30, 2022, in Vernon Parish after two women reported the men to local law enforcement. The Army took control of the cases in April to allow the soldiers to also face charges for the September incident, the base said this year.

The Vernon Parish District Attorney’s Office did not respond for comment Monday on whether the office intends to revisit the case.

All the soldiers are infantrymen assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 10thMountain Division, which is based at Fort Johnson. They had pleaded not guilty, according to the base and the Army’s online court docket.

Fort Polk, La., was officially renamed Fort Johnson in a ceremony at the Army base on June 13, 2023.

Fort Polk, La., was officially renamed Fort Johnson in a ceremony at the Army base on June 13, 2023. (U.S. Army)

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.

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