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Drill sergeant guilty in sex assault case


FORT JACKSON, S.C. — A South Carolina drill sergeant received five years in prison and a bad conduct discharge after being convicted of sexual assault charges at the Army’s largest training center.

Fort Jackson spokesman Pat Jones said Saturday that Staff Sgt. Louis Corral was convicted of forcible sodomy, cruelty and maltreatment of subordinates, among other charges.

The public was not notified of the court-martial, and no official summary of the case was provided.

Pfc. Natasha Woodruff told The State that she was one of three female recruits attacked by Corral during basic training. She said he made sexually explicit gestures and comments during basic training between last November and February 2012. She said that in Jan­uary, Corral pushed her against a wall, kissed her and groped her.

The 20-year-old is now at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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