Army Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Misconduct Charges
Sgt. Maj. Gene C. McKinney pled not guilty to 19 charges, including sexual misconduct. McKinney, the Army1s former top enlisted soldier, has been accused by six women of sexual harassment and misconduct. McKinney faces charges of indecent assault, maltreatment of a subordinate, adultery and obstruction of justice.
Six officers, including four women and six command sergeants major were questioned for jury duty. Jury selection will be concluded today.
In military law, the jury can consist of a minimum of five members. Two-thirds are required to vote for a conviction, while three-fourths of the panel must vote for a sentence of ten years or more. McKinney, who filed papers requesting retirement with full benefits this summer, faces loss of rank and 55 years in prison if convicted.
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