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SEOUL — A five-member court-martial panel sentenced a 2nd Infantry Division soldier to 90 days confinement and a reduction to E-1 on Friday after convicting him late Thursday night of raping a female servicemember.

Prosecutor Capt. Graham Smith had asked that Spc. Leon Mealing Jr., Headquarters Support Company, 602nd Aviation Support Brigade, be sentenced to eight years confinement and a dishonorable discharge for the Sept. 3 rape.

According to testimony, Mealing met the victim at Tommy D’s, an on-post bar. After playing a game of pool with her, he offered to walk her home.

The victim was lost and could not find her barracks, so Mealing offered to let her spend the night in his room.

The victim agreed on the condition that she would sleep in the bed while Mealing slept on a chair.

After falling asleep in his bed, she awoke to find Mealing raping her, she testified.

Mealing had testified that he thought she wanted to have sex with him because she moaned when he touched her shoulder and other parts of her body.

Before sentencing the defense called three character witnesses from Mealing’s company who described him as a good soldier and worker.

Mealing’s company commander testified he felt Mealing should be retained in the Army, and that he would want him back in his unit even though he was a convicted rapist.

The maximum penalty Mealing faced was life in prison.


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