Harassment Accuser Faces Court-Martial

Associated Press
Thursday, October 5, 2006

FORT LEWIS, Wash., Oct. 4 -- A soldier who said she was sexually harassed by noncommissioned officers and refused to return to Iraq will face a military trial.

Fort Lewis's commander referred Army Spec. Suzanne Swift's case to a special court-martial, Army officials said Wednesday. She faces a one-year confinement.

Swift, 22, of Eugene, Ore., was charged Sept. 27 with missing movement and being absent without leave. She said she had been harassed or abused by three noncommissioned officers. She alleged that her supervisor in Iraq coerced her into a sexual relationship.

Officials said they substantiated one allegation Swift made against the soldier at Fort Lewis but did not substantiate the allegations she made against soldiers in Iraq.

Swift returned from serving a year in Iraq in February 2005. Her unit returned to Iraq in January, but she would not go and hid for five months.

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