FORT HOOD — A hearing for a former sexual assault prevention officer accused of attempting to organize a “prostitution ring” began Tuesday at Fort Hood.
The hearing will determine if Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen will face a military court-martial on more than 21 criminal charges including pandering, conspiracy, adultery and sexual assault.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, three low-ranking female soldiers took the stand and testified that they had been recruited or approached to have sex with noncommissioned officers for money at McQueen’s behest.
One soldier, Pfc. Sadivia Wilson, said she was having financial difficulties when McQueen approached her to discuss working as an escort to high-ranking noncommissioned officers and civilians.
“Basically, it was having sex with higher-ranking officers for money,” said Wilson, who was 20 at the time of the incident.
She also said McQueen took photos of her while she was naked and had sex with her, asking her to “act out” what she would do with possible clients.
Wilson was the same soldier who testified against Master Sgt. Brad Grimes in December. On Tuesday, Wilson said McQueen helped arrange for her to have sex with Grimes for $100.
Wilson was granted immunity for her testimony, and Grimes was found guilty of conspiring to patronize a prostitute and solicitation to commit adultery. Grimes was found not guilty on the more serious charges of patronizing a prostitute and committing adultery. He was demoted to sergeant first class and received a letter of reprimand. During more testimony Tuesday, a second woman said McQueen not only attempted to recruit her as a prostitute but also sexually assaulted her at Wilson’s home.
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The woman, a private who was 20 at the time of the alleged incident, testified that McQueen approached her in February 2013 and mentioned he threw parties for high-ranking people.
McQueen showed the woman photos on his phone and on Facebook of people who attended the “parties.” He then invited her to a residence on post after work.
At the residence, McQueen and Wilson spoke to her about attending parties and “making money.”
“I realized that it wasn’t just a regular party,” said the private. At one point, McQueen left and returned with a bottle of alcohol and juice. She said McQueen also asked her to “act out” what she would do to men who showed an interest in her.
Shortly after, the woman said the two were sitting on a couch when McQueen attempted to kiss her on the cheek. She backed away.
“I remember telling him, ‘I don’t feel comfortable,’” the woman said. “He told me to relax.”
She said McQueen then kissed her on the lips, then opened her legs and kissed her thigh.
“I can’t fight a sergeant, so I tried to stay as calm as possible,” she said.
At the time of the alleged incidents, McQueen was a sexual assault prevention officer with III Corps’ Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.
According to the private’s testimony Tuesday, McQueen specifically referenced a previous sexual assault by a superior officer she reported at another military installation in 2012 when talking to her about his “parties.”
A third female solider, identified as Pfc. Katie Jenkins, said she was approached by Wilson and asked if she wanted to “make some money.”
At the time, Jenkins said she was moonlighting as a dancer at a Killeen strip club when she was contacted by Wilson. Jenkins said Wilson never mentioned McQueen by name, but mentioned a “sergeant” in their conversations.
“She told me that she had given my number to this man because I was dancing, so she figured I’d want to be a part of it,” Jenkins said.
Today, government prosecutors are expected to call additional witnesses, and present phone and text messages and other records collected as evidence by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command.
Grimes also is expected to testify at today’s hearing.
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