A Texas soldier was convicted in a court-martial of adultery and patronizing a prostitute after allegations he helped run a military prostitution ring.
Army Master Sgt. Brad Grimes was ordered reprimanded and reduced in rank by one pay grade, from E-8 to E-7, the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported Wednesday. The sentence is far lighter than what Grimes could have faced—a year in confinement, reduction in rank to private and a bad conduct discharge.
Grimes was accused of taking part in a scheme to force young, cash-strapped female privates to serve as prostitutes. The ring was allegedly headed by Sgt. First Class Gregory McQueen, who was serving as his battalion's sexual assault prevention officer at Fort Hood, the report said.