Retired Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene has been dragged out of retirement to be charged with six counts of rape in an incident that happened almost 30 years ago involving a minor.
The crimes Grazioplene is being charged with happened during the years from 1983 to 1989. This is a rare case.
“This is a highly unusual case,” Don Christensen, president of Protect our Defenders and former top Air Force prosecutor, told USA Today. “But you never really lose jurisdiction over somebody who retires.”
The Daily Mail reports:
Despite Grazioplene’s retirement, he is still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Additionally, rape has no statute of limitations. However, the Army does not intend to call him back into active-duty while he undergoes proceedings.
Grazioplene will face an Article 32 hearing, which will determine if the case will move forward to court-martial.
He first joined the Army in 1972 as an armor officer.
If Grazioplene is convicted of the charges, he could face life in prison and an end to his pension.
The criminal investigation into his activities remains open.
The army is cracking down on sexual assault and rape cases in the last few years, however, for the most part the military chooses morale over morals: choosing to hide most of it’s dirty laundry.
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