Crime in the Military

Report: Soldier Who Deserted, Joined French Foreign Legion, Sentenced


FORT DRUM -- An American soldier who deserted his unit on post and joined the French Foreign Legion was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday, according to a report in the New York Times. The soldier, 2nd Lt. Lawrence J. Franks Jr., also will be dismissed from the Army on charges of conduct unbecoming an officer and desertion with the int... more

US Marine Charged with Murder of Filipino Transgender

In this Oct. 18, 2014, photo, activists shout slogans during a rally near the USS Peleliu, where U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton is being held for allegedly killing Filipino transgender Jennifer Laude, at the Subic Bay free port. Aaron Favila/AP

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine government prosecutors charged a detained U.S. Marine with murder Monday in the killing of a Filipino transgender that reignited an irritant between the military allies over custody of American military personnel suspected of committing crimes. Prosecutor Emily de los Santos said there was "probable cause" that ... more

Male Military Sex Assault Victims Slow to Complain

This frame grab from video shows Greg Nelson in La Jolla, Calif., Dec. 2, 2014.

WASHINGTON — Greg Nelson had just turned 21 when he went out partying with friends in Southern California and got really drunk. So, when a man he didn't know offered to let him crash in a nearby apartment, his friends urged him to accept. A Marine who had joined the Corps in 2007, Nelson remembers getting sick and being offered water that seem... more

Airman Faces Retrial in High-Speed Car Crash That Killed 2 Colleagues

A stretch of the autobahn. Lindgren lost control of his BMW M-3 on the A-60 between Spangdahlem Air Base and Bitburg while driving at an estimated 149 mph. (German government photo.)

KAISESLAUTERN, Germany — The new trial begins Monday of a Spangdahlem airman whose conviction and prison sentence for negligent homicide were tossed out on a technicality on appeal. Airman Basic Alan J. Lindgren faces a new round of charges for his alleged role in the deaths of two fellow airmen in a horrific, high-speed car crash on Germany’s ... more

Sexual Assault Reports Increase 8%, Pentagon Cites Progress

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The Pentagon released a survey Thursday showing an eight percent increase in reported sexual assaults in the ranks while claiming overall progress in the military's efforts to curb abuses. Despite the increase in reported assaults, the survey showed a decrease by about 27% in the number of service members who said they were victims of unwan... more

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