Sex crimes not unusual at Fort Sill
BY PHILLIP O'CONNOR NewsOK.com
Sunday, July 08, 2012
7/08/12 at 6:06 AM
FORT SILL - Because they had been friends since shortly after basic training, the 18-year-old private thought nothing of it in January when another member of her unit invited her to his barracks room to watch a movie.
There, he turned on her. He forced his hand down her shorts, grabbed her breast and exposed himself. When she resisted, he choked her.
Last month, the soldier found himself in a courtroom at this sprawling Army post 85 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, facing a court-martial.
Seven years after the Pentagon committed to crack down on sexual crimes in the ranks, such cases continue to plague the military.
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2011 Fort Sill courts-martial for sexual assault
Staff Sgt. Luis A. Vasquez: Convicted of engaging in sexual contact with a male soldier, furnishing alcohol to an underage male soldier and violating Army Command Policy by having an inappropriate relationship with a male soldier. Sentenced to reduction in rank to sergeant, forfeiture of $2,600 pay per month for three months and three months confinement.
Spc. Anthony D. McGeathy: Convicted of engaging in sexual contact on two occasions with two different male soldiers and making a false official statement. Sentenced to reduction in rank to private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for two years and a dishonorable discharge.
Staff Sgt. Daniel H. Gaskins: Convicted of carnal knowledge with a female who had reached the age of 12, but was under the age of 16, committing indecent acts with a female under the age of 16, and committing an indecent assault upon a female soldier, not his wife. Sentenced to reduction in rank to private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for nine years and a dishonorable discharge.
Staff Sgt. Marrius Z. Garth: Convicted of wrongfully touching a female soldier, violating an Army regulation forbidding the use of "bath salts" and having a personal relationship with a female subordinate soldier. Sentenced to reduction in rank to specialist, forfeiture of $1,200 pay per month for two months, two months confinement and two months hard labor without confinement.
Spc. Thomas C. Flesher: Convicted of engaging in sexual contact with a female soldier and furnishing alcohol to two minors. Sentenced to reduction in rank to private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for seven year and dishonorable discharge.