Court-martial begins in indecent assault case
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — Staff Sgt. Duane M. Forehand pleaded not guilty Monday at the beginning of a general court-martial that’s expected to last throughout the week and possibly into next week.
Forehand is charged with four specifications of indecent assault, five specifications of housebreaking and one of peeping.
A military jury wasn’t expected to start hearing the case until Tuesday. Much of the sessions Monday were dedicated to examining evidence that might be introduced into the trial.
Four soldiers injured after Humvee rolls overGRAFENWÖHR, Germany — A Humvee operated by soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Special Troops Battalion rolled over Saturday, injuring four soldiers.
According to a news release from the brigade, the four soldiers were transported to a hospital in nearby Weiden, where three were treated and released. A fourth was kept overnight for observation before being released.
It is the second rollover involving one of the brigade’s vehicles in a week at the training area. A 5-ton truck operated by the brigade’s Support Battalion rolled over Jan. 28, injuring eight soldiers.
Investigating officers have been assigned to look into both crashes.
Army says medic willing to plead guilty to AWOLWüRZBURG, Germany — An Army medic who last fall refused to deploy to Iraq for a second tour is willing to plead guilty to being absent without leave, but not to a more serious charge of desertion, the Army said Monday.
Lawyers for Spc. Agustin Aguayo, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment in Schweinfurt, Germany, also indicated in court documents that the soldier would plead guilty to the charge of missing movement, according to an Army news release.
In September, Aguayo failed to show up for his unit’s departure to Iraq. Aguayo turned himself in a few weeks later. Desertion charges are typically not filed unless a servicemember has been AWOL for more than 30 days, though there are provisions for the more serious charge during times of war, officials have said.
Aguayo, who maintains he is a conscientious objector, is scheduled to be tried March 6 in Würzburg. A motions hearing is slated for later this week. The release stated the government would be permitted at the court-martial to still argue in favor of the desertion charge.
Aguayo has asked for a bench trial.