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PYONGTAEK, South Korea — A U.S. Army sergeant based at Camp Humphreys was found guilty Wednesday of beating a local woman last winter — but not guilty of trying to abduct her.

Sgt. Jeffrey Gray, 37, of the 46th Transportation Company was sentenced to reduction in pay grade from E-5 to E-3, forfeiture of $820 per month for three months, and three months of hard labor without confinement.

Details of how Gray will serve the hard labor will be decided by his company commander, Army officials said.

The six-member jury at a Camp Humphreys general court-martial also found Gray guilty of two counts of failure to follow a lawful order. One count was for being outside his residence after the U.S. military’s curfew the night of the incident. The other was for driving a car without official written authorization to do so. U.S. Forces Korea policy forbids servicemembers in pay grades E-6 and below from operating private vehicles without permission.

The trial opened Tuesday before Col. Patrick J. Parrish, chief judge for the 6th Judicial District in Seoul.

The charges stemmed from an incident about 12:30 a.m. Jan. 30 on a street in Anjung-ri, the district in which Camp Humphreys is located.

Prosecutors said Gray spotted the woman walking home, drove beside her and offered her a ride, which she refused, said Maj. Antoinette Wright-McRae, officer in charge of the Area III legal center at Camp Humphreys. The two did not know each other, the prosecution said.

Prosecutors charged that Gray then got out of the car and tried to force her into the vehicle. That led to the attempted kidnapping charge on which the jury found him not guilty.

He then punched and kicked her, leading to the assault charge, the prosecution said.

The woman reported the incident to South Korean police and gave them the vehicle’s description and license plate number. Police later turned the case over to the Army, prosecutors said.

Military police investigators questioned Gray on Feb. 4 at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, the Army said.

The Army charged him May 2 with assault, attempted kidnapping and the two counts of failing to follow a lawful order.

Prosecuting the case were Capt. Yong J. Lee of the Area III legal center and Maj. Nicholas Lancaster of the 19th Theater Support Command. Defense lawyers were Maj. Tami Dillahunt and Capt. Seth Cohen, both of the Camp Casey legal center.

Neither prosecutors nor defense attorneys would comment on testimony in the case.

Gray lives off-post with his wife, who attended the trial Wednesday, and children. The victim since has moved from the area, the prosecution said.

The 46th Transportation Company was based at Camp Humphreys at the time of the incident but since has relocated to Camp Stanley.


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