Green Beret Never Thought He’d Be Going to Prison

Three years ago this month, Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart found himself under the microscope of an Article 32 investigation with Army officials purportedly trying to determine whether charges — including rape and kidnapping, among others — alleged against him warranted any legal action.

Sgt. 1st Class Kelly Stewart

It was during this hearing, similar to a preliminary hearing in the civilian world, that the highly-decorated combat veteran learned for the first time the identity of his accuser — a then-28-year-old German woman with whom he had had a one-night stand nine months earlier inside his room at the Stuttgart-Marriott Hotel.

Embarrassed that it was taking place, Stewart attended the hearing accompanied only by his lawyers, Captain Oren Gleich and civilian attorney David Court.  On the other side of the room, his accuser was accompanied only by her mother and the German state prosecutor.

Though he knew the charges alone had the potential to ruin his career, Stewart didn’t think he would be going to prison. After all, he had done none of the things she alleged him to have done.

If you’re wondering, at this point, how this story turned out, you can find all of the details are in my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice.  It’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Also, be sure to check out details of my next book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, set for release this fall.  It connects the dots between the deaths of dozens of Americans at the hands of our so-called “allies” in Afghanistan and a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr., the man who now serves as Director of National Intelligence, our nation’s highest intelligence position.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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