Fort Hood Sex-Assault Prevention Officer ‘Recruited Cash-Strapped Female Soldiers in Prostitution Ring Serving High-Ranking Officials’
Snejana Farberov, Daily Mail (London), June 4, 2014
Two female soldiers testified Tuesday that a non-commissioned sexual-assault prevention officer at Fort Hood recruited them and other cash-strapped servicewomen to work as prostitutes.
Their testimonies came during an Article 32 hearing to determine whether Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen will face a military court-martial on more than 21 criminal charges filed in March that include pandering, adultery and sexual assault.
The first to testify was a female private who said she was granted immunity in exchange for her testimony.
‘Basically, it was having sex with higher-ranking officers for money,’ the private said, according to the Killeen Daily Herald.
She was 20 at the time of the alleged misconduct and said she confided in McQueen, telling him she was experiencing money problems after her husband left her and her 3-year-old son and drained the couple’s bank account.
She also testified that McQueen had sex with her and took photos of her naked to show potential clients.
Another soldier at the Army base in central Texas, Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, 37, has already been demoted and reprimanded in the case for conspiring to patronize a prostitute and solicitation to commit adultery.
The private testified Tuesday that McQueen arranged for her to have sex with Grimes for $100.
A second female soldier testified that McQueen sexually assaulted her and also attempted to recruit her to join the prostitution ring, but she declined.
The investigation into McQueen began in May last year, and he was charged in March with abusive sexual contact and other alleged misconduct.
If convicted, the former coordinator for the base’s sexual assault and harassment program could face court-martial.