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February-10-98

First of Fifty Testifies in Army Sex Trial

Former Staff Sgt. Christine Fetrow testified against Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney in a sex harassment court-martial trial. Fetrow, the first woman enlisted in the Army’s elite Old Guard, became the first of 50 anticipated witnesses to testify against McKinney. McKinney, the Army’s former top-enlisted soldier, has been charged with 19 counts of harassment and assault against six officers. Ten of the counts stem from Fetrow’s allegations.

The trial is expected to last four to five weeks. If convicted, McKinney faces up to fifty-five years in prison, loss of rank and retirement benefits.

Feminist News Stories on Sexual Harassment, Assault and Discrimination in the Military

Media Resources: Washington Post - February 10, 1998


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