SPECIAL FORCES SERGEANT SURRENDERS
IN GERMANY AFTER TWO DAYS ON THE LAM FROM
COURT MARTIAL CONVICTION ON SEX CHARGES
SFC KELLY A. STEWART GIVES UP PEACEFULLY
TO MILITARY POLICE AT STUTTGART GARRISON
After a little less than two days on the lam, escaped fugutive SFC Kelly Stewart has surrendered to military police at the Stuttgart, Germany U.S. Army garrison.
The Special Forces non-com had telephoned authorities that he was "coming in," most likely to avoid any possibility of gun-play or violence if he had just shown up at the main gate.
Earlier this week, the 36 year-old career soldier had been sentenced to eight years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and reduction in rank from sergeant first class E-7 to Private E-1.
The expert instructor at the Green Beret course for "escape, evasion, resistance and survival" had slipped away from the Army installation at Vilseck where his court-martial had taken place.
TYPICAL "HE SAID - SHE SAID" CASE WITH NO FORENSIC EVIDENCE
Stewart had been convicted of "kidnapping" and "sexual assault" in the case of a 29 year-old German woman who claimed she had been "victimized" by the rugged soldier. Stewart's defense attorney maintained the woman's story was full of holes. He pointed out she never filed a complaint for three months, left Stewart her cell phone number, and didn't flee their hotel room where the so-called incident occured when the sergeant was in the shower.
The married senior NCO admitted having sex with the German female, but said no force was ever used, that the get-together was "entirely consensual."
Now, after the brief escape attempt, it's likely Stewart will have much more than eight years to think about all that's happened, when he arrives at Leavenworth DB in Kansas.