Five years ago today, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sentenced to eight years behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. The sentence came one day after the highly-decorated combat veteran was found guilty of sexual assault charges during a military trial that lasted less than 48 hours and produced results that were anything but just.
Incredibly, no physical evidence or eyewitnesses to the alleged crime was presented during the trial. Instead, based almost solely on the testimony of a German woman, Sergeant Stewart saw his career as an elite Green Beret (i.e., Top One Percent Soldier”) ruined and was unjustly branded as a sex offender for life.
Did I mention the accuser had been an inpatient at a mental health treatment center months before meeting Stewart? It’s true, but members of the court-martial panel never heard that news.
Did I mention the German government refused to provide the accuser’s mental health records to the court? That’s true, too!
Did I mention the fact that three women who knew the accuser — but not Sergeant Stewart — testified during a post-trial hearing that the accuser had lied multiple times during the trial, making statements contradictory to her actual pre-trial behavior? True again!
Incredibly, the accuser also sent a text message to her friends less than 24 hours after her one-night stand with Sergeant Stewart as “Great Sex!” Unfortunately, that text message and another incriminating one made no difference in the outcome of Sergeant Stewart’s court-martial.
Of course, there’s much more to the story of this Soldier who, before being accused by this woman, had an unblemished record as a elite Green Beret and Level One sniper.
You can read about it in Three Days In August, a book based on my thorough review of the actual Record of Trial, extensive interviews with the people involved and the kind of investigative reporting upon which I’ve staked my reputation. Order a copy of Three Days In August today!
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