Soldier found guilty of rape, sodomy

A soldier sent to Fort Gordon’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center to stand trial on charges of sexual assault, rape and sodomy was found guilty on all counts this week under the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

A military judge sentenced Pfc. Dustin L. Starner, 28, Tuesday to a reduction of rank to private, six years confinement in a military prison and a dishonorable discharge from the Army.

Starner was transferred to the Eisenhower Army Medical Center from Camp Shelby, Miss., where he held the position of health care specialist, for “legal processing” and was not involved in patient care at Fort Gordon, hospital spokesman Wes Elliott said.

No details were provided about the sexual assault, but the Fort Gordon hospital said in a news release the Army is committed to reducing and eliminating sexual crimes through its Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program.

“The SHARP program focuses on enhancing prevention, investigation, victim advocacy, assessment and accountability to encourage victims to come forward and to create a military culture free of sexual harassment or assault,” the release stated.

Last week, the Pentagon said reports of sexual assaults by members of the military jumped by an unprecedented 50 percent last year, in what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared a “clear threat” to both male and female service members’ lives and well-being.

Overall, there were 5,061 reports of sexual abuse filed in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared with 3,374 in 2012. About 10 percent of the 2013 reports involved incidents that occurred before the victims joined the military, up from just 4 percent in 2012.

 

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