- The Washington Times - Monday, September 27, 2004

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Pfc. Lynndie England will be court-martialed in January on charges stemming from the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, the Army announced yesterday.

A motions hearing is scheduled for Dec. 1-3, with the trial scheduled for Jan. 17-28, said Lt. Gen. John Vines, commander of the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.

Pfc. England, a 21-year-old reservist stationed at Fort Bragg who is seen in some of the most notorious photos taken at the prison, was arraigned Friday, and did not enter a plea.

If convicted of all 19 counts, she could receive up to 38 years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay.

Among the charges Pfc. England faces is conspiring to commit maltreatment of an Iraqi detainee by posing in a photograph holding a leash around the detainee, indecent acts with numerous soldiers and wrongfully creating sexually explicit photographs of herself.

Hearing officer Col. Denise Arn had recommended that Pfc. England be court-martialed on 17 counts. In deciding on a court-martial, Gen. Vines reinstated two counts that Col. Arn had recommended be dropped, citing a concern about the “sufficiency of proof.”

Col. Arn’s recommendations, dated Sept. 6, were based on five days of testimony from 27 witnesses in August during an Article 32 proceeding, which is the equivalent of a civilian grand jury.

Col. Arn suggested in her report that Pfc. England, a reservist with the 372nd Military Police Company of Cresaptown, Md., was largely led astray by older soldiers in her unit, particularly her ex-boyfriend, Spc. Charles Graner Jr.

“From my review of the evidence, it is apparent that Pfc. England was, at the time of the offenses, the kind of person who was easily led,” Col. Arn wrote in the report. “I have little doubt that her conduct was heavily influenced by her personal relationship with … Graner, a forceful, dominant, self-centered individual at least 12 years her senior.”

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