Accuser’s credibility is questioned in sex trial at Camp Casey
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — The trial of a sergeant first class accused of soliciting and raping a female soldier, sexually assaulting another and coercing a third to make a false statement entered its third day Friday.
Sgt. 1st Class Carlos L. Reynolds, acting first sergeant with the 2nd Infantry Division’s 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, pleaded not guilty to all charges. One charge of insubordination was dropped earlier this week.
In his opening statement, prosecutor Capt. Charles Halverson portrayed Reynolds as “a powerful predator who stalks his junior enlisted female soldiers.”
Defense lawyers Maj. Robert Kincaid and Maj. Karen Riddle disputed those claims with witnesses who questioned the alleged victims truthfulness and attested to Reynolds’ professionalism.
Prosecutors say Reynolds raped a private after three other junior enlisted soldiers left Spc. Renee Hoist’s barracks room on June 22.
Defense lawyers questioned whether penetration had occurred, citing statements the private made to investigators.
Prosecutors countered that her testimony met the legal standard of rape, which requires at least a slight penetration, they said. She screamed at Reynolds to express lack of consent, they added.
Kincaid said the private’s statements to investigators and defense lawyers were inconsistent, with differences about her clothing and whether she told her mother of the alleged rape.
Pfc. Shameana Bowman-Pulliam testified that on July 21, 2006, Reynolds asked her to tell prosecutors that Reynolds left Hoist’s barracks room with her, thereby making the alleged rape impossible.
“The actions of what he was asking me to do, I felt it was a lie,” Pulliam said.
Reynolds never told her specifically to lie, Pulliam said during cross-examination.
Reynolds solicited the same private for sex between May 15 and June 15, 2006, according to prosecutors.
Defense witnesses strongly questioned the private’s accounts.
The private’s former supervisor, Sgt. Shalika Worlds , rated the alleged victim’s trustworthiness as a two on a scale of one to 10.
“She’s a habitual liar, sir. She’s untrustworthy,” Worlds told Kincaid.
“I wouldn’t believe anything she told me unless I had actual proof,” former co-worker Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Murphy said.
Soon after the alleged rape, the private received Article 15 nonjudicial punishment for making false official statements and disrespecting a different sergeant, Foxtrot Company commander Capt. Donald Little testified.
Reynolds also is accused of sexually assaulting a specialist on July 5, 2006, after following her into an unlit room then kissing and grabbing her.
The defense called a staff sergeant who called the specialist “untruthful.”
The trial is scheduled to resume Thursday with expert testimony and other witness.