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Charges referred to courts-martial at Fort Bragg for 8 soldiers in Afghanistan bullying case

10:20 pm - 04/30/2012


An Army officer and seven other soldiers accused of bullying a private who later killed himself in Afghanistan have been officially charged, Fort Bragg officials said Monday.

Military authorities say 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen of New York suffered racial taunts and physical abuse at the hands of soldiers in his company and eventually shot himself last October in a guard tower at Combat Out post Palace near Kandahar.

The eight soldiers will be court-martialed at Fort Bragg. They are part of the 25th Infantry Division, which is based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, but were under the command of the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan.

The 82nd's commander, Maj. Gen. James Huggins, requested that the courts-martial be held at Fort Bragg. Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick, commander of Fort Bragg and the 18th Airborne Corps, approved the move and referred the charges to courts-martial April 23.

The soldiers will be arraigned by a military judge in the next few weeks. Individual cases will be scheduled for trial.

The soldiers and charges are:

First Lt. Daniel Schwartz: six specifications of dereliction of duty.

Staff Sgt. Blaine Dugas: violating a lawful general regulation, three charges of dereliction of duty, and making a false official statement

Staff Sgt. Andrew Van Bockel: negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, assault, two counts of maltreatment of a subordinate, three charges of dereliction of duty, and two counts of violating a lawful general regulation.

Sgt. Jeffrey Hurst: negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, maltreatment of a subordinate, two counts of dereliction of duty, and two counts of violating a lawful general regulation.

Sgt. Adam Holcomb: negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, communicating a threat, assault, two counts of maltreatment of a subordinate, dereliction of duty, and four counts of violating a lawful general regulation.

Sgt. Travis Carden: reckless endangerment, assault, two counts of maltreatment of a subordinate, and two counts of violating a lawful general regulation.

Spc. Thomas Curtis: negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, four counts of assault, six counts of maltreatment of a subordinate, and two counts of violation of a lawful general regulation.

Spc. Ryan Offutt: negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, three counts of assault, four counts of maltreatment of a subordinate, and two counts of violation of a lawful general regulation.

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averigua 1st-May-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I was wondering about this, case seems to get little attention. :( Such a terrible shame what became of him. Glad something is being done on his behalf.
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