Vilseck GI found guilty of attacks, indecent acts
July 20, 2004
DARMSTADT, Germany — A Vilseck-based soldier will spend the next five years in jail for two unrelated violent attacks after returning from downrange, and for indecent acts committed while deployed.
Spc. Maurice E. Shumpert II, pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated assault and was found guilty of a second. He was convicted of indecent language and indecent exposure while deployed to Iraq with Headquarters Support Company, 94th Engineer Battalion.
In addition to jail time, he was reduced to the lowest enlisted grade, ordered to forfeit all pay and allowances, and given a bad-conduct discharge at the end of the two-day court-martial in Vilseck that ended Friday.
Shumpert pleaded guilty to punching another soldier in the face at a local bar on Jan. 16, the day he returned from Iraq.
Shumpert said the second charge, which took place his second weekend home while at a club in Erlangen, Germany, resulted from an incident in which he was acting in self-defense. However, a jury panel found Shumpert guilty of breaking a glass on a former soldier’s head with intent to do bodily harm.
Capt. Jennifer Bottoms, trial counsel for the Vilseck legal office, said the man was so badly injured that German medical personnel said he would have died without medical aid and he nearly became paralyzed because of the deep cuts. The man has permanent scars on his face.
The indecent language and indecent exposure charge was tacked on to the aggravated assault court-martial once the company commander found out a female soldier came forward with a sexual-assault incident while deployed with Shumpert.
In late summer 2003, a female soldier reported she was on guard duty when Shumpert propositioned her to have sex. When she refused, he called her a name and exposed himself.
Shumpert is being held at the Mannheim Confinement Facility, but will be moved next week to a stateside facility to complete his five-year sentence.