An Army official pleaded guilty yesterday to bribery, after acknowledging that he promised to promote a young employe if the employe performed sexual favors for him at least twice a month for two years.

John H. Hatcher, 62, the former Army archivist and director of the Records Management Career Program, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. Hatcher, a civilian employe with the Army for 13 years, retired from his post last month.

Under the law, he could be imprisoned for as long as 15 years and fined as much as $250,000 for seeking "something of value" in exchange for an official act.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence J. Leiser would not identify the Army employe. "I can't say because we have to protect the {employe's} identity," Leiser said.

Hatcher waived his rights to a jury trial and pleaded guilty to a criminal information, a statement of events and facts prepared by the U.S. attorney's office.

According to that statement, Hatcher promised the employe a position as a management analyst intern if the individual performed sex acts. On June 16, the employe notified the Army's Criminal Intelligence Division of Hatcher's proposal. The statement said that between July 28 and Aug. 15, the employe tape-recorded several sex-for-favors telephone conversations with Hatcher.

On Aug. 15, Hatcher went to the employe's home, the criminal information says. That meeting was also recorded, and CID officers and U.S. marshals appeared prior to any exchange.

The employe was placed in the intern program, according to the statement.

U.S. District Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. released Hatcher on his own recognizance and scheduled sentencing for Oct. 2.