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May 13, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-33


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CHARGES AGAINST SOLDIER REFERRED TO GENERAL COURT-MARTIAL


BAGHDAD - Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, commanding general of III Corps, referred charges against Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick II to a general court-martial on May 5.

Frederick is charged with conspiracy to maltreat subordinates (detainees); dereliction of duty for willfully failing to protect detainees from abuse, cruelty and maltreatment; maltreatment of detainees; assaulting detainees, and committing indecent acts.

Article 32 hearings, similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, were held April 2 and April 9-10. The investigating officer found reasonable grounds exist that Frederick committed the offenses and recommended trial by general court-martial.

A date and place have not yet been set for the court-martial. It is anticipated that Frederick will be arraigned on May 20.

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