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An Army staff sergeant has been sentenced to three years’ confinement and given a bad-conduct discharge for an indecent assault against a female soldier and for unlawful entry.

Staff Sgt. Ralph Crawford III, a military policeman with the 230th Military Police Company in Kaiserslautern, Germany, was convicted and sentenced on May 25 during a general court-martial in Mannheim, Germany.

Crawford also was reduced to the rank of private and must forfeit all pay and allowances.

After a night of drinking, Crawford entered the victim’s room on Feb. 21 while she was sleeping and began kissing her inner thigh. The victim awoke to find him in her bed with his pants off.

Crawford has 12 years of military service.

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