MANHUNT FOR SPECIAL FORCES SFC CONVICTED
OF KIDNAP AND ASSAULT IN GERMANY - IRAQ WAR
VET KELLY STEWART ESCAPES FROM ARMY POST IN
VILSECK - MAY BE ARMED - FLED IN BLACK AUDI
HAS CELLPHONES - SPEAKS GERMAN FLUENTLY
HAD JUST BEEN SENTENCED TO EIGHT YEARS IN
PRISON FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ATTACK ON LOCAL
WOMAN - GREEN BERET LABELED "DESPERATE"
TRAINED IN SURVIVAL, EVASION, RESISTANCE
AND ESCAPE - "MAY BE HEADED TO BAVARIA"
Just hours after he had been court-martialed and sentenced to a long stretch in prison, Special Forces SFC Kelly Stewart slipped away from his escort at a U.S.Army base in Vilseck, Germany and is on the loose.
A manhunt has been launched for the Green Beret who is described as "desperate" and "perhaps suicidal."
The 36 year-old Iraq war veteran was convicted August 20 of "assault" and "kidnap" of a German woman. Stewart claimed the sex was consensual and the prosecution's case entirely based upon her claims. There were no witnesses.
FLED IN A BLACK AUDI - MAY BE HEADED FOR BAVARIAN FOREST
The veteran NCO was not handcuffed, but staying at an on-post hotel, the Kristall Inn, with a fellow senior non-commissioned officer. The other sergeant told investigators he awoke around 0730 hours Friday morning to find his roommate gone. He told the Army CID that SFC Stewart had taken his wallet, Class-A uniform, and two cell phones with him, and apparently sped off in a rented Black Audi.
One source said the soldier may be headed to the Bavarian woods. SFC Stewart was an instructor at the Special Forces Training Center at Pfullendorf. He is said to be very well-skilled in survival, evasion, resistance and escape tactics.
Stewart is also fluent in German.
ACCUSER'S STORY FULL OF HOLES, BUT STEWART CONVICTED ANYWAY
Friends of the career Green Beret said Stewart felt he had been framed. They cite problems with the "victim's" account that would have gotten the case tossed out if it were tried in a civilian court.
Stewart claimed the woman welcomed sex and never complained about anything. In fact, he cited she left him her cell phone number, written on hotel stationary. He also pointed out she didn't flee or call for help after the so-called "attack" while he was occupied taking a shower.
The 29 year-old accuser waited several months to file charges. The incident supposedly occurred in August 2008. Why the long delay?
END OF A LONG AND DISTINGUISHED ARMY CAREER
Stewart apparently was stunned when the 10-member panel, consisting of NCO's and officers came back with a guilty verdict. He should have realized that 98% of all sex charges brought against the accused at court-martial results in conviction. The guilt or innocence of the person on trial has very little to do with it.
Facing the reality of a bust from SFC to Private E-1, dishonorable discharge, and eight years at Leavenworth, Stewart may have snapped.
MilitaryCorruption.com urges our readers in Germany not to confront this man if you see him, but report his whereabouts to the Army CID and German Police. Do not approach SFC Stewart, as he may be armed, and is considered "desperate."
We hope he gives himself up, because the alternative is he could be shot down like a dog if he runs into a police roadblock. If the Special Forces veteran gets into the Bavarian Forest, however, it is possible he could escape apprehension for a very long time indeed.
Be sure to click on www.militarycorruption.com every few hours to check and see what the status of this manhunt is. Let's join in prayer that no one gets hurt. Thank you.