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BAUMHOLDER, Germany — The court-martial of a 1st Armored Division soldier charged with forcible sodomy and indecent assault was canceled after command dropped the charges.

However, Spc. Heath Cox may still end up being tried for sexually assaulting a man.

The court-martial of Cox, Battery C, 4th Regiment, 27th Field Artillery, was scheduled to start May 31 in Baumholder. The proceeding was canceled because division commander Maj. Gen. Fred Robinson, the convening authority, dismissed the charges “without prejudice.” That means Cox could be tried later on the same charges, according to a statement from division legal officials.

The charges were dropped because many of the witnesses are in Iraq, and because of “consideration of personal interests of one or more of the victims in the case,” according to a 1st AD statement. The statement did not elaborate on the issue of “personal interests.”

Baumholder-based soldiers — including those from 4-27 — were sent to Iraq two weeks ago to bolster security around Ramadi, where Marines have fought insurgents during the past year.

Cox is charged with forcible sodomy and indecent assault in incidents that were alleged to have occurred prior to June 2005. When and where the alleged incident or incidents took place are not clear.

The division does not release details of charges.

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