- The Washington Times - Monday, August 23, 2004

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — One of the Army reservists charged with abusing Iraqi detainees at Abu Ghraib prison said yesterday that he will plead guilty to some offenses.

Staff Sgt. Ivan L. “Chip” Frederick, of the Maryland-based 372nd Military Police Company, said in a statement given to the Associated Press by his attorney: “I have accepted responsibility for my actions at Abu Ghraib prison. I will be pleading guilty to certain charges because I have concluded that what I did was a violation of law.”

Sgt. Frederick does not specify the charges to which he will plead guilty and it wasn’t clear whether he will continue contesting any of the accusations. He is charged with maltreating detainees, conspiring to maltreat detainees, dereliction of duty and wrongfully committing an indecent act.

Sgt. Frederick, 37, of Buckingham, Va., has a pretrial hearing scheduled for today in Mannheim, Germany.

His civilian attorney, Gary Myers, did not immediately respond to e-mailed questions about Sgt. Frederick’s case. Telephone calls to Mr. Myers’ hotel room in Mannheim went unanswered.

Sgt. Frederick, a Virginia state prison guard in civilian life, is among seven members of the Cresaptown, Md.-based 372nd charged in the scandal, which involves physical abuse and sexual humiliation of prisoners.

He would be the second of the seven to admit wrongdoing. Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, of Hyndman, Pa., pleaded guilty to three abuse charges in May and was sentenced to a year in prison.

Sgt. Frederick, who worked as a prison guard in Virginia, was the senior enlisted soldier at the Abu Ghraib prison between October and December, when the mistreatment reportedly occurred.

He was among the first to be identified by CBS’ “60 Minutes II” when the program broke the story April 28.

Sgt. Frederick has claimed that the abusive treatment — inmates stripped naked and cuffed to their cells — was orchestrated by military intelligence officers rather than military police officers, according to a diary that his family made available.

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