A hearing to determine if a Fort Hood noncommissioned officer implicated in an alleged “prostitution ring” will face a court-martial was postponed.
Fort Hood officials announced Wednesday the Article 32 hearing for Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen was postponed until June 3. It had been scheduled to begin today.
The postponement is due to a “defense counsel request for a delay,” according to a statement from Fort Hood. The request was approved.
McQueen faces 21 charges related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, adultery and conduct of a nature to bring discredit to the armed forces.
At the time of the alleged incidents, McQueen was a sexual assault prevention officer with III Corps’ Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.
Testimony in the court-martial of another Fort Hood NCO, Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, shed some light on the possible case against McQueen, who was named as the conspirator of a plan to get young female soldiers to have sex for money.
During Grimes’ court-martial, a female private testified under a grant of immunity she was having financial difficulties when McQueen discussed the possibility of her working as an escort to high-ranking noncommissioned officers, as well as to civilians, who were willing to pay to “hang out” and have sex with low-ranking soldiers.
The announcement of the delay occurred one day before the Article 32 hearing was set to occur. According to Fort Hood officials, McQueen’s defense requested the delay, which was granted by the the special court-martial convening authority.
At an Article 32 hearing, an investigating officer hears evidence and makes a recommendation to the special court-martial convening authority on whether charges should be referred.
In McQueen’s case, that authority is Brig. Gen. Clark W. LeMasters Jr., commander of the 13th Sustainment Command. In March, the Army’s chief of staff announced LeMasters would leave Fort Hood to serve as deputy chief of staff for logistics and operations for the U.S. Army Materiel Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
It has not been announced when LeMasters will leave Fort Hood, or if it will occur before McQueen’s hearing is slated to begin.
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