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CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — A soldier who stole from his Camp Humphreys barracks buddies to bankroll his relationships with bar girls was sentenced here Wednesday to loss of rank, jail time and a bad conduct discharge.

Pfc. Steven E. Walker, 21, was reduced in rank to E-1, the military’s lowest pay grade, and given a jail term of 28 months. But under a pre-trial agreement, he’ll serve only 16 months.

Military judge Col. Donna M. Wright sentenced Walker, a petroleum supply soldier with the 348th Quartermaster Company, after he pleaded guilty to larceny, attempted larceny, forgery and disobeying an order.

The offenses occurred at various times from March into August. Each of the victims was a soldier in Walker’s company.

Walker admitted stealing checks from the room of one soldier, forging the soldier’s signature to get cash, and to stealing debit cards from three others, using one of the cards in an attempt to get more money.

Before sentencing, Walker told the judge his relationships with local bar girls generated a need for extra cash.

“There are bars we call the ‘juicy clubs,’ where you can meet really sweet, beautiful young women,” Walker said.

He told the judge that he gave much of the money and became engaged to an older bar girl who has since returned to the Philippines.

Walker also admitted stealing the load-bearing equipment of a fellow soldier and the soldier’s wallet while they were in a truck returning to Camp Humphreys from a training venue.

And he admitted he left post more than 20 times after his commanding officer restricted him after the stolen wallet and some other items were found in his room.

According to the charges, the thefts began in March, when Walker stole a soldier’s debit card from a barracks room. In May, he stole a debit card and blank checks from another soldier’s room. During the next two months he forged the soldier’s signature and cashed the checks for a total of $1,400.

Prosecutor Capt. Justin A. Evison portrayed Walker as a “cold, calculating” offender who had preyed on fellow soldiers, harming them and his unit’s morale.

Defense lawyer Capt. John J. Cho told the judge that Walker, while deserving punishment, was “more an impulsive, dumb, young kid who was out of control for a few months.”

Walker had spent the past two weeks in pre-trial confinement at the Camp Humphreys jail. After sentencing, he was driven back to the jail.

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