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WIESBADEN, Germany — An assault charge against a U.S. Army chaplain based in Germany stems from accusations made by his wife, who is the alleged victim, according to information revealed Thursday at a preliminary hearing.

With the court-martial of Lt. Col. Gerald R. Moates less than two weeks away, military attorneys for both sides discussed in open court Thursday issues pertaining to the case.

The issues ranged from medical records and files to character witnesses to the prospective juror pool.

Moates’ wife was mentioned several times during the half-hour hearing. Maj. Laura Calese, a military prosecutor, later confirmed that the wife was the alleged victim.

A court document released this month referred to the “dislocation of the collar bone” and alleged acts that constitute battery. The incidents allegedly occurred between February and September 2005, while the couple lived in Butzbach, a bedroom community of U.S. Army Garrison Giessen.

Moates’ court-martial is scheduled for June 7-9 at Wiesbaden Army Airfield. He currently is assigned to Hanau.

At Thursday’s hearing, Moates spoke only in response to procedural questions from the judge.

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