Judge Denies Bail for Retired Army General Charged with Raping Daughter

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Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene. (U.S. Army Photo)
Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene. (U.S. Army Photo)

Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene will remain in jail until he goes to trial for allegedly raping and committing incest with his daughter, a Prince William County, Virginia, Circuit Court judge ruled Thursday.

Grazioplene, who lives in Gainesville, Virginia, appeared in court Thursday morning on a bond motion to set bail, which the judge denied, said Christina Shaw, deputy Prince William County Circuit Court clerk.

"His bail was denied," she told Military.com. "That won't change."

Grazioplene, who retired from the Army in 2005, was arrested Dec. 7 and has remained in jail since. A Virginia grand jury indicted him on three counts of rape and three counts of incest allegedly involving his daughter between Aug. 1, 1987, and May 31, 1988, according to the Dec. 3 indictment documents.

Grazioplene is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 21 to set a trial date, Shaw said.

The indictments against Grazioplene do not name his daughter, but a Dec. 16 Washington Post story reported that Jennifer M. Elmore, 47, said in an interview that she first reported to the Army in 2015 that her father, Grazioplene, had sexually abused her when she was a child.

Military.com reached out to Grazioplene's lawyers, Thomas Pavlinic and John Irving, for comment on the case did not receive a reply by press time.

In 2017, the Army charged Grazioplene with violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice with six specifications of rape of a minor on multiple occasions between 1983 and 1989, according to The Washington Post.

The Army dismissed the case in March, however, after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that there should be a five-year statute of limitations on rape charges.

Army officials told Military.com that the service would not comment on the pending civilian legal case.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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