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PYONGTAEK, South Korea — An Army sergeant based at Camp Humphreys pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from accusations he tried to abduct a South Korean woman as she walked home, picking her up, throwing her down and beating her when she resisted.

Sgt. Jeffrey Gray, 37, 46th Transportation Company, is charged with assault, attempted kidnapping and two counts of failure to follow a lawful order in the Jan. 30 incident in Anjung-ri, the Pyongtaek City district in which Camp Humphreys is located.

Gray is married and lives off-post with his wife and children, the Army said. He is being tried by a jury at Camp Humphreys in a general court-martial before Army Col. Patrick J. Parrish, chief judge for the 6th Judicial District in Seoul.

Lawyers for both sides were expected to make closing arguments Wednesday, after which the six-member jury was to weigh a verdict.

Prosecution and defense witnesses’ testimony was heard on the trial’s opening day Tuesday, said Army Maj. Antoinette Wright-McRae, Area III legal center officer-in-charge at Camp Humphreys.

Gray’s defense lawyers could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

According to the prosecution, Gray spotted the woman — whom Wright-McRae identified as an Anjung-ri resident formerly married to a U.S. servicemember — at about 12:30 a.m. Gray drove beside her for some distance, stopped, exited from the passenger side and spoke to her.

When the woman spurned his comment and walked away, Gray grabbed her arm and tried to force her into his vehicle, prosecutors said. That became the basis for the attempted kidnapping charge.

They said she struggled and Gray picked her up, flung her to the ground, punched her and kicked her in her face and elsewhere. That led to the assault charge.

Authorities said a footmark was left on the woman’s face. She also sustained chest and head injuries, including an eye swollen shut, they said.

The woman, however, reported being able to fight back and escape.

She gave South Korean authorities a description of the vehicle and its license plate number, Wright-McRae said. South Korean police subsequently worked with U.S. military authorities in the case, she said.

Gray was apprehended some time later and the woman picked him out from a police lineup, Wright-McRae said.

Prosecutors said Gray was driving the car without having obtained an exception-to-policy letter letting him do so. This led to one of the counts of disobeying a lawful order, they said. U.S. Forces Korea policy forbids servicemembers in pay grades E-6 and below from operating private vehicles without official written permission. Gray’s pay grade is E-5.

The other count of disobeying a lawful order arose from the woman’s account of the incident, which would have placed Gray outside his residence after the U.S. military’s curfew.

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