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STUTTGART, Germany — A married military police officer pleaded guilty Monday to having sex and committing indecent acts with a lower-ranking soldier who was not his wife.

Army Sgt. Corbin R. Timberman of the Stuttgart-based 554th Military Police Company is expected to be sentenced for the crimes Tuesday.

He pleaded not guilty to threatening the soldier, a female private first class, and to maltreatment of a subordinate.

He faces a court-martial on those charges Tuesday.

A fifth charge of conspiracy to commit an indecent act was dismissed by the judge, Col. Denise Lind, at the request of the prosecutor.

In testimony inside the courtroom at Kelley Barracks on Monday, Timberman admitted that on Feb. 25-26, 2005, he and another soldier — a male staff sergeant — left a party at Robinson Barracks on the city’s Northside and traveled to Panzer Casern in the Stuttgart suburb of Boeblingen.

There, Timberman and the staff sergeant had sex both separately and simultaneously with the private, according to testimony.

As part of the guilty plea, Lind asked Timberman to state why he believed that committing adultery and indecent acts in this case was a crime under military law.

“[The private] and myself obviously knew I was married,” Timberman told the judge. “It’s detrimental to somebody in the same unit, let alone in the same platoon or squad, to have sex.”

When asked if he understood why it was bad to have sex in front of someone else (the staff sergeant), Timberman replied, “It’s bad, just indecent, ma’am. It could lead to problems in the unit or in a different squad if rumors got out.”

Timberman, after a long pause, then stated, “It doesn’t show discipline very well.”

Prosecutors said they did not know if the staff sergeant was disciplined for his role in the event.

On the charges to which he pleaded guilty, Timberman faces a sentence of up to six years’ imprisonment, reduction in rank to private, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of pay, benefits and allowances.

A pretrial agreement on a recommended sentence was entered by the prosecution and defense on behalf of the convening authority, Brig. Gen. Scott West, commander of the 21st Theater Support Command.

Lind is expected to pronounce a sentence on Tuesday upon completion of the court-martial, prosecutors said. Timberman will receive the lesser of the two sentences.


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