Thursday, May 10, 2012

3 Guard Troops to Face Courts-Martial in Hazing Case

STUTTGART, Germany -- Three National Guard soldiers accused of hazing junior troops with a range of tactics that allegedly included racial slurs and sexual harassment while on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo will face courts-martial in Germany in the coming months, U.S. Army Europe announced Tuesday.

“The Soldiers pending Courts-Martial have been charged with failure to obey lawful orders or regulation, and cruelty and maltreatment,” said Col. Bryan Hilferty, USAREUR spokesman, in a statement. “One of the Soldiers has also been accused of indecent exposure. All of these charges are merely accusations, and all accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”

The Army did not release the names of the three soldiers -- a first sergeant, a staff sergeant, and a sergeant. The soldiers could face discharge from the military, reduction in rank, confinement, loss of pay or a combination, according to USAREUR.

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