Two trainees who accused a former Army drill sergeant of rape made no secret of wanting to have sex with him, witnesses testified Monday.
One of the women said she “thought he was sexy” and paraded by his office in short-shorts and a bikini top, Pfc. Divina Scott testified Monday at the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson.
“She said she thought he was sexy and if the chance was given to her that she would have sex with him,” added Pfc. Carnesia Jones.
Scott and Jones both characterized the woman as a compulsive liar.
Both said the other accuser told them that she, too, wanted to have sex with Simpson. Jones said she told her “he had a sexy bald head.”
Simpson, 32, is one of 12 Aberdeen Proving Ground staff members charged with criminal sexual misconduct. He is charged with 54 crimes ranging from sexual invitations to rape involving 13 women from his former company.
Simpson has already pleaded guilty to having sex with 11 women subordinates in violation of Army regulations and he faces up to 32 years in prison for those charges. He could be sentenced to life in prison if found guilty of a single rape conviction.
His lawyers, who began presenting their case Friday, contend the women participated willingly and Simpson is not guilty of rape. They have argued the women only pressed charges when investigators bullied them or offered them leniency in disciplinary cases.
One of Simpson’s lawyers, Capt. Edward Brady, said he expected the defense to rest today.
In a major setback for the defense, however, the judge in the case ruled Friday that drill sergeants have so much power over trainees that they don’t need to use a weapon or threaten force to be found guilty of rape.
The judge further stated that the women need not resist or object, either, for Simpson to be found guilty of rape.
Also Monday, an Army drill instructor at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri pleaded guilty to posing for a nude photograph taken by two female trainees but pleaded innocent to other charges.
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