Army instructors charged with raping and harassing female recruits at a training center are also accused of threatening them - sometimes with death - to keep quiet.
“I’m going to knock your teeth out and get away with it,” one drill sergeant told a trainee, according to newly released Army documents.
Four drill instructors and a captain at the Army Ordnance Center have been charged, three with criminal charges and two on administrative counts. They and 15 others have been suspended in the widening investigation.
The five men facing charges, which range from rape to sending improper love letters to the trainees, were accused of harassing at least a dozen women in their first weeks of training. The average age of the women was 21.
According to documents detailing the charges released late Saturday, one of the defendants, Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, threatened to kill women if they told anyone he was having sex with them.
He is accused of grabbing one woman’s hair and jerking her head back after threatening to knock out her teeth.
The official charges provided the most detailed information yet of the allegations at the training center, at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.
Maj. Susan Gibson, deputy staff judge advocate at the post, refused to comment on whether any of the defendants tried to carry out the alleged threats.
Another defendant, Capt. Derrick Robertson, is accused of trying to discharge a female soldier after sexually assaulting her, the documents said. He is charged with telling the woman to lie about their sexual relationship, forcing her to engage in sodomy and engaging in an improper sexual relationship with the soldier.
Sgt. Nathaniel Beach is charged with defying orders to stay away from trainees while his conduct was being investigated, the documents said.
The two instructors facing administrative rather than criminal charges were not mentioned in the charges released Saturday, said Ed Starnes, a post spokesman.
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