The Army Blotter: MP in underage sex sting, Spc. shot by cops 'suicidal,' and Reservist sues workplace

  • An Fort Stewart MP thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl for sex, but he was met by sherriff’s deputies who had set up a sting. Zachary Lee Northrup, 21, of Largo, Fla., and charged him with one count of computer pornography and child exploitation and one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes, authorities said. He is with the 385th Military Police Battalion. [via Athens Banner-Herald]
  • A Fort Carson soldier who was shot Sept. 22 during a confrontation with Army police in his apartment on post was sent home early from Iraq this summer after becoming suicidal, his wife said. Spc. Anthony Nicolas Jumangit, 23, of the 3rd Brigade, had repeatedly warned supervisors in his chain of command that he didn’t believe he was mentally fit to deploy in March 2010 after a traumatic combat tour that ended in 2008, his wife told The Gazette. “The Army always says, ‘We’re all about family and all about the soldiers,’” she said. “Well, I think that’s (expletive). My husband and me saw firsthand how much they care.” [via Colorado Springs Gazette]
  • A South Carolina auto service shop manager who is an Army reservist has sued his employer, Goodyear, alleging the company is hurting his career because he has taken time off for his military training. Alan J. King, a 26-year-old staff sergeant, has filed one in a  growing number of claims by veterans who say that their service to the nation is causing them troubles in the workplace. King contends in his lawsuit filed in federal court in Columbia that Goodyear discriminated against him by placing him on probation and transferring him to a low-volume store in Rock Hill, where he is likely to make less money. [via The State]

  • A white man who was sentenced to six months in a Georgia jail for beating black Army Reservist Tasha Hill at an Atlanta Cracker Barrell in front of her daughter and yelling racial slurs has been released early. Troy Dale West was released Dec. 3, 43 days after he began serving his sentence. He had roughly 4-1/2 months remaining on his sentence when he was turned over to deputies in October. [via Associated Press/Army Times]
  • A Fort Bragg soldier Daniel Anthony Neigel admitted in court that he accidentally shot and killed a Fayetteville man after arguing with him outside the man’s girlfriend’s home last year. Neigel, sentenced to 36 months of probation and a discharge. The DA said the ex-boyfriend grabbed the soldier’s hand and inadvertently caused the gun to discharge. Neigel, a Washington native, is listed as a sergeant with A-Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. [via Fayetteville Observer]
  • One of two suspects accused of stabbing an unnamed victim at Fort Eustis has been charged with aggravated assault, and the second has been released. MPs took two people into Pvt. Christopher Turner, of the 7th Sustainment Brigade, and the one they released. The victim received stab wounds to his abdomen and hands, and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he remains in stable condition. [via Virginia Pilot]
  • The criminal appeal of Lt. Michael Behenna, sentenced to 15 years in the death of a detainee,is “a high-stakes” case for the military justice system because it’s so unusual and so closely watched, according to a former Air Force prosecutor and appeals court attorney. “It’s a heart-wrenching case,” said the attorney. “You certainly feel for the Behennas. But from my perspective as a former military lawyer, you can understand why the military court-martialed him.” [via The Oklahoman]
  • Two soldiers accused of assaulting another soldier, using hashish and other crimes while in Afghanistan will face courts-martial under a decision made by Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the base’s Army commander. The soldiers are Spc. Corey Moore and Cpl. Emmitt Quintal, both part of a platoon of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division soldiers who became the focal point of a war-crimes investigation while serving earlier this year in southern Afghanistan. [via Seattle Times]

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