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CAMP CASEY, South Korea — A 2nd Infantry Division soldier pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail on indecent assault and adultery charges Wednesday.

Spc. Courtney Chevron Smith, of the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion’s 4th Chemical Company, also received a bad conduct discharge, a rank reduction to E-1 and was ordered to forfeit all pay.

“This is one less person that will be able to do this again (at Camp Casey),” prosecutor Capt. Seamus Barry said of the ruling in the camp’s courtroom.

Smith assaulted a drunken female private in his barracks room on Nov. 11, Barry said.

Smith also said he had been drinking that night.

Under questioning by military Judge Col. Gregory Gross about his guilty plea, Smith claimed that sex was consensual, court officials said.

After conferring with defense attorneys Maj. Robert Kincaid and Capt. Brigid Osei-Bobie, Smith relented.

Smith had struck a pretrial agreement with prosecutors dropping what was a rape charge down to indecent assault, and limiting any sentence to 18 months confinement. Had he changed his plea, the deal would have been void and prosecutors could have tried him for rape, which carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

Smith received six months imprisonment because, in military court, convicted soldiers receive the lesser sentence between the pretrial agreement and the judge’s ruling.

Smith’s wife testified via telephone on his behalf and asked Gross for leniency, despite the adultery conviction. Smith’s platoon sergeant also testified for him.

Upon return to the United States, Smith must register as a sex offender in his state of residence. A Department of Justice national searchable database of sex offender registries is available online at www.nsopr.gov.

Last week, Gross sentenced Pfc. Jose Antonio Claudio, also from the 4th Chemical Company, to 11 years in prison for raping two female soldiers.

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