SATURDAY "D-DAY" FOR RETIRED ARMY GENERAL
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The crimes were allegedly committed some 30 years ago, but the long arm of the law, and the fact military retirees are still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, could mean court-martial for a former Army major general.
James Grazioplene, a 1972 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will learn his fate Saturday when a military judge in Washington decides if the 67 year-old will be brought back on active duty and put on trial for one of the most heinous offenses any officer or enlisted member can face - the rape of a minor and family member.
While a press release from the Military District of Washington didn't release any names or identify the alleged victim, sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com it is his daughter who claims the sexual abuse on at least six occasions between 1983 and 1989. At that time, Grazioplene was a major and lieutenant colonel at Fort Bragg. He retired in 2005.
COULD GET LIFE IN PRISON
Under civilian law, the statute of limitations on such an offense has run out. But Grazioplene is drawing retirement pay, and thus subject to recall and possible punishment under the UCMJ. If found guilty of the charges, the general could be sent to prison for life.
The Virginia resident was director of Force Development in the Joint Warfighting Capabilities Assessment and seemed to have a spotless record during his 33 years of military service.
Our investigators have turned up an interesting, if not relevant fact in this very disturbing case. It may or may not have bearing on Grazioplene's guilt or innocence, but between 2012 and 2015, the retired general was vice-president of DynCorp.
That sent up a red flag because our research department remembered DynCorp had been accused by whistleblowers of being involved in sex trafficking and other such scandals in Bosnia and Afghanistan. Minors were allegedly involved. There is no proof, at least right now, Grazioplene knew about or was involved in any of these scandals, but we are reminded of the old saying: "Where there's smoke, there's fire."
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