Camp Casey soldier gets 2½ years for sexual assaults
May 13, 2007
CAMP CASEY, South Korea — Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Reynolds remained steadfast in his innocence, even as a court-martial jury Friday sentenced him to 2½ years in prison for indecently assaulting two female soldiers.
Reynolds, formerly acting first sergeant for the 2nd Infantry Division’s 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, Foxtrot Company, also received a bad-conduct discharge and rank reduction to E-1.
Reynolds said he “acknowledged and respected the findings” of the eight jurors, then apologized for their having to be in court.
But he did not apologize for the assaults and two other counts for which he was convicted: filing a false official statement and obstructing justice. Reynolds faced up to 20 years prison for the four offenses.
Prosecutor Capt. Marlin Paschal asked Reynolds at the sentencing hearing if he had thought of the crime’s effect on the family of one of the victims.
“Why should I do that, sir?” Reynolds responded, adding that the victim hadn’t considered him or his family.
Reynolds, 40, has a wife and three children, age 20, 15 and 11, living in Tennessee.
Paschal then asked if he felt anything for the specialist he was convicted of assaulting in an orderly room, or the private he assaulted in a barracks room.
Reynolds rejected Paschal’s premise that he ever did anything wrong. “That’s your opinion, sir,” Reynolds said.
Four noncommissioned officers, a major and Reynolds’ wife all testified that he was a good man and a good soldier.
Defense attorney Maj. Robert Kincaid, before sentencing was passed, asked the jury to look at Reynolds’ 18½ years of distinguished service. He also talked about what Reynolds would lose with the bad-conduct discharge that was never really in doubt after Thursday’s guilty verdicts.
Because Reynolds will lose retirement benefits he would have gained after 20 years of service, he will not receive about $700,000 in benefits he could have collected based on a normal expected life span, Kincaid said.