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Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:00 pm | Updated: 8:13 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Jade Ortego

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON – A Fort Hood soldier was indicted Wednesday in connection with the sexual assault of another soldier.

Harry William Parnell III, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting a female soldier, beating her and stealing her car.

On May 1, Parnell and the other soldier were at a local club. According to the arrest affidavit, the other soldier offered to give Parnell a ride home to Fort Hood.

On the way, she stopped to get her military ID at her Harker Heights apartment and told Parnell to wait in her car.

Parnell entered her bedroom, and, she said, forced her down and sexually assaulted her. He then punched her repeatedly in the face and took her vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit.

An officer observed injuries to her face and head, and an exam at Scott & White Hospital found lacerations on the soldier consistent with sexual assault.

Parnell claimed sex with the soldier was consensual, but admitted he punched her and took her vehicle.

The soldier's vehicle was found at the club, said First Assistant District Attorney Murff Bledsoe.

Sexual assault is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.

Contact Jade Ortego at jortego@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553.

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