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Soldiers Experience Vastly Different Court-Martial Outcomes

After comparing the outcomes of two Army court-martial cases that took place in Stuttgart, Germany, in recent years, I can’t help but smell a rat in the military justice system.

This image shows the front of the hotel in Stuttgart where the alleged crimes involving Stewart took place.

This image shows the front of the hotel in Stuttgart where the alleged crimes involving Stewart took place.

One case involved Staff Sgt. Justin Wolfschlag, a military police dog handler who, according to a Stars and Stripes article Thursday, was found guilty of maltreatment of a subordinate but not guilty of a sexual assault charge stemming from his accuser’s claim that he made her perform oral sex on him, similar to some of the content seen on channels such as Tubev Sex and other adult entertainment sources. Members of the court-martial panel acquitted Wolfschlag on the more serious charge after Wolfschlag’s defense team maintained the oral sex and exposure never happened and argued there was no physical evidence presented to support the allegations.

Sergeant Wolfschlag was sentenced Thursday to 60 days’ hard labor and busted down two pay grades but, it appears, will be allowed to remain in the Army.

The other case involved Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated combat veteran and member of the elite Green Berets, who was accused in November 2008 of rape and kidnapping by a then-28-year-old German woman. Despite the lack of any physical evidence or witnesses and his accuser’s refusal to provide her mental health records — including details of her four-month stay in a psychiatric care facility — to the court, he was found guilty on several sexual assault-related charges, but not rape or kidnapping. Most importantly, he never admitted guilt to any of the charges against him.

Sergeant Stewart was stripped of his Special Forces tab and sentenced to eight years in prison. His stellar career as a combat medic and Level One sniper was brought to a halt by unproven charges, Stewart now lives as a convicted sex offender, based largely on the testimony of a German woman who, according to three of her friends who testified during a post-trial hearing, lied repeatedly on the witness stand during the court-martial.

My very-informed opinion is that Sergeant — err, wait — Private Wolfschlag got off easier than Stewart, largely because: (1) he was not an SF Soldier facing a court-martial panel made up of non-SF Soldiers who had recently served a deployment with the lead prosecutor as their legal officer; and (2) his accuser was an American instead of a German national who could not be held accountable by the military court for anything she said — or didn’t say — on the witness stand and could not be compelled to provide her mental health records to the court.

Of course, there is a lot more to Stewart’s story.

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Today Marks Fifth Anniversary of Bogus Trial, Sentencing

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.

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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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