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A judge jailed a 1st Infantry Division company commander this week on charges connected to his dating relationship with a sergeant he met last year while serving in Iraq, according to a case summary released Wednesday by the division’s staff judge advocate.

Capt. Matthew Malone, 28, of the headquarters company of the 1st ID’s Engineer Brigade, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of wrongfully participating in an inappropriate relationship with an enlisted soldier, disobeying a no-contact order, making a false official statement and assault with battery, the summary said.

At a court-martial in Bamberg, Germany, Col. Patrick Reinert, the military judge, sentenced Malone to seven months in prison with all pay forfeited and ordered him dismissed from the Army.

In his guilty plea, Malone acknowledged an “inappropriate” relationship with the sergeant, who is in her mid-20s and serves in a different unit, said Maj. Todd Federici, the division’s chief of criminal law. One of Malone’s attorneys, Capt. Fred Kranz, said the couple met and began dating last November.

According to the summary, Malone admitted lying when he denied the relationship in a statement to his brigade commander in April and disobeying an order when he traveled with the woman to Heidelberg on June 5.

During that trip the two quarreled, and he struck her in the face with his fist, Federici said.

Malone was single when he dated the sergeant, Federici said, but he has since married another woman.


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