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Court-Martial results - Lt. Col William H. Steele (Baghdad)

Friday, 19 October 2007

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

RELEASE No. 20071019-15
October 19, 2007

Court-Martial results – Lt. Col William H. Steele

Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

BAGHDAD - An Army officer was convicted of six offenses, and found not guilty of a charge of aiding the enemy following a court-martial here today.

Lt. Col. William H. Steele, was convicted at the Camp Liberty court-martial, and sentenced by military judge, Lt. Col Timothy Grammel to confinement for two years, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, a reprimand, and dismissal from the service.

In an earlier session of his court-martial held at Camp Liberty, Iraq on October 7, Steele pleaded guilty to three of the seven charges facing him, including wrongfully storing classified information in his living space;. improperly marking classified information; and wrongfully and knowingly possessing pornographic videos.

Steele pleaded not guilty to the four remaining charges and elected to have these contested charges tried before Grammel rather than before a panel (jury) of officers.

Trial was held from October 15 to 19 at Camp Liberty, Iraq on the following contested charges. Steele was acquitted of aiding the enemy, but he was convicted of remaining charges including a federal espionage based offense by having unauthorized possession of classified information and knowingly and willfully retaining the same and failing to deliver it to the officer or employee of the United States; conduct unbecoming an officer by knowingly and wrongfully providing special privileges to and maintaining an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter, wherein such acts constituted conduct unbecoming an officer in the armed forces; and violating a lawful order by having knowledge of the order failing to obey it.

Before the adjudged sentence is approved, Lt. Col. Steele and his attorneys are permitted to submit matters in clemency.

These matters in clemency may request that the General Court-Martial Convening Authority disapprove all or part of the sentence or of the findings of guilt. After the GCMCA has taken action in the case, Steele’s courtmartial will be reviewed by the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.



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