E5 reduced to E1, discharged for assault

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
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WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — On Oct. 19, at a general court-martial convened, here, Sgt. Aaron Whitman, U.S. Army, was convicted by a military judge, pursuant to his pleas, of one specification of attempted sexual assault of a child, five specifications of sexual assault of a child, three specifications of sexual abuse of a child, and one specification of possession of child pornography, in violation of Articles 80, 120b and 134, UCMJ.

The military judge sentenced the accused to be reduced to the grade of E-1, to be confined for 15 years, and to be discharged from the service with a dishonorable discharge. As part of an offer to plead guilty, a pretrial agreement limited confinement to 13 years.

In addition to forfeiture of pay (either adjudged or by operation of law), confinement and a punitive discharge, a Soldier will also have a federal conviction that the Soldier must report when filling out a job application. A federal conviction strips a Soldier of many rights, such as the right to purchase and maintain firearms and the right to vote.

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