Iraq: Four face charges of abusing fellow troops
Stars and Stripes August 22, 2009
Four soldiers serving in southern Iraq face charges for allegedly mistreating soldiers in their platoon, Multi-National Corps-Iraq announced Friday.
If convicted, all could face prison time ranging from eight to 25 years, a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and allowances and reduction in rank to E-1, an MNC-I news release said. Information on what allegedly happened was not available.
Charged are Staff Sgt. Enoch Chatman, Staff Sgt. Bob Clements, Sgt. Jarrett Taylor and Spc. Daniel Weber, all of B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, based out of Fort Bliss, Texas.
They face charges of cruelty and maltreatment and reckless endangerment, the news release said. Chatman, Taylor and Clements are also charged with making false official statements.
Clements and Weber are charged with impeding an investigation.
Clements faces up to 25 years if convicted, the news release said. Chatman faces up to 10 years in prison, Weber could get up to nine years, and Taylor could get up to eight years.
"Accusations of cruelty and maltreatment are taken very seriously, and we will investigate this isolated incident thoroughly," Brig. Gen. David Elicerio, deputy commanding general for Multi-National Division-South, said in the news release.