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October 20, 2004
Release Number: 04-10-55


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



ARMY STAFF SGT. PLEADS GUILTY TO MISTREATMENT OF PRISONERS

BAGHDAD, Iraq - On Oct. 20 Staff Sgt. Ivan L. Fredrick II pled guilty to and was found guilty of one specification of conspiracy to maltreat detainees, one specification of dereliction of duty for failure to protect detainees from maltreatment, four specifications of maltreatment of detainees, one specification of assaulting a detainee and one specification of committing an indecent act.

After the military judge accepted Staff Sgt. Frederick's guilty plea, the trial entered the sentencing phase. The government called one of the detainees who had been abused. The defense started their case by calling Staff Sgt. Fredrick who provided an unsworn statement. The defense also called several witnesses who testified by video teleconferencing. The trial will continue tomorrow with the defense calling additional witnesses.







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