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Patrons wait for the opening of the commissary at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Feb. 6, 2018. Gerald Leon Ray III, a former commissary agency employee, faces one charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury for what prosecutors say involved him striking a U.S. soldier in the head on July 26, 2020, in Pyeongtaek, a South Korean city near Camp Humphreys.
Patrons wait for the opening of the commissary at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, Feb. 6, 2018. Gerald Leon Ray III, a former commissary agency employee, faces one charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury for what prosecutors say involved him striking a U.S. soldier in the head on July 26, 2020, in Pyeongtaek, a South Korean city near Camp Humphreys. (Rick Brink)

A former Defense Commissary Agency employee who was arrested in Germany faces prosecution for assault in the U.S. over a 2020 attack in South Korea that seriously injured a U.S. soldier.

Gerald Leon Ray III, 25, of Lathrop, Calif., is charged with one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury, the Justice Department announced Monday. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Ray was indicted in June, but authorities didn’t know where he was. He found part-time civilian work at a club on a U.S. military base in the Kaiserslautern area, according to court documents.

Ray’s Facebook page indicates he arrived at Ramstein on March 2, a little more than three months before the indictment, which was sealed by the court.

Military law enforcement arrested him Wednesday and took him to the jail at the Army’s Sembach Kaserne, according to court documents.

The following day, a judge ordered that Ray be flown from Germany to the United States.

Ray was released Monday from the Sacramento County jail on $50,000 bail, according to court documents.

The charge against Ray stems from an attack July 26, 2020, in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, which is near Osan Air Base and the U.S. Army’s Camp Humphreys. An American soldier was struck in the head during the attack, court documents said.

A Justice Department statement on Ray’s arrest did not say what happened to the soldier who was attacked.

The charge was brought under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, which establishes U.S. jurisdiction over certain offenses committed overseas. The act allows for the prosecution of Defense Department civilians in federal court.

The next court proceedings are scheduled for Jan. 31, 2022.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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