U.S. soldier charged with being AWOL faces court-martial
SEOUL — A U.S. soldier who disappeared from the Army in June will face military court-martial, 2nd Infantry Division officials confirmed Wednesday.
Sgt. Scottie Robinson is charged with being absent without leave, not desertion, said Maj. Brian Maka, 2nd ID spokesman. Robinson’s trial date hasn’t been determined.
Maka said that Robinson turned himself in and that it was considered when determining charges against him.
Robinson, a Camp Castle cook, was reported absent without leave from his unit June 19.
In mid-July, he was declared a deserter and dropped from his unit’s records. He turned himself in to camp officials Dec. 28.
His mother, Geraldine Bromell, told Stars and Stripes last year that she suspected foul play. She flew to South Korea in September and spent two weeks canvassing streets outside Camps Castle and Casey, searching for her son.
Bromell said her 31-year-old son had an unblemished Army record. He re-enlisted in February and was promoted to sergeant in April. This was his second tour in South Korea. He had planned to return to the United States in December to buy his sister a car for college, and to visit his 9-year-old son.
Military officials have told Stripes that Robinson, attached to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the division’s 2nd Engineer Brigade, was not under investigation when he disappeared.
The maximum punishment for being found absent without leave: reduction to E-1, dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and one year confinement.