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Two military policemen in Iraq have been charged with misconduct and face courts-martial for allegedly filming and photographing female members of their unit while the women showered during pre-deployment training.

Sgt. Gilbert Parker and Spc. Matthew Delia, both with the 266th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade now in Basra, face charges that could imprison them for 18 and 12 years, respectively.

Parker allegedly filmed and photographed the females in the showers while at Fort Dix, N.J., in late 2008.

He faces charges of indecent acts, conspiracy, violating a lawful general order, obstructing justice and distributing pornography.

Delia is charged with conspiring with and assisting Parker, as well as distributing the videos and images.

Both soldiers are National Guardsmen activated with the 266th, out of Manassas, Va.

Originally, military officials said that up to eight male soldiers could face charges in the incident.

Officials could not say on Tuesday whether more people could be charged in the case.

The pictures and recordings weren’t discovered until May 21, officials have said, and as many as 21 female soldiers may have been victimized in the recordings.

Army officials have said the women identified in the recordings were contacted by the battalion commander, unit chaplains and victim advocates about the crimes that may have occurred and the psychological resources available to them.

Officials do not believe the images were distributed to the public.

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