CRIES AT COURT MARTIAL
LTC Fred R. Sampson, former operations officer of the 39th Infantry Brigade, was charged with 24 violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The allegations involve six different women, ranging in rank from PFC to 1st lieutenant.
Sampson cried at his court martial as he pled guilty to 10 counts, which included fraternization with enlisted soldiers, adultery and having sexual relations with a subordinate.
ADMITS HE WAS AT FAULT
The 23-year veteran of 10 years active duty and the rest in the Arkansas Guard, said he took “full responsibility” for his actions.
“When everything is said and done, it comes down to the fact that I’ve hurt a lot of people.”
Perhaps the party injured the most is Sampson’s wife, the mother of his four children, all boys, two of whom have mental disabilities. Mrs. Sampson is pregnant and expecting a fifth child in a matter of weeks.
If the field-grade officer is kicked out of the Army, he and his family will lose not only his military pension but all medical benefits. This may be why the Pentagon is moving slowly to decide the case.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF “JUSTICE”
Of course, if Sampson was a lowly enlisted person, he’d have already had the book thrown at him and be on his way to Leavenworth. Such are the privileges of rank.
Ironically, Sampson was sentenced to six years in prison and dismissal from the Army, but a plea bargain agreement worked out before the sentence was handed down supercedes a more severe penalty.
Sources told MilitaryCorruption.com the colonel’s sexual escapades began back at Fort Hood, Tex. in November 2003 when Sampson admitted buying alcohol for a female soldier under the age of 21, who then had sex with him.
“This is our little secret. If you don’t tell anyone, neither will I,” he told the PFC, who made a statement for investigators and received no punishment for her misconduct.
In January, the lothario light colonel solicited sex several times from a lieutenant under his command at Fort Polk, La.
Sampson was intimate with two female sergeants at Camp Cooke, Iraq between April and May. In one instance, the colonel admitted he “faked” an emergency Red Cross message to the sergeant in order to lure her to his tent.
And on it went. Each time Sampson scored, he got bolder in his predatory behavior. In his mind, punishment was for the suckers who got caught or didn’t have sufficient rank to get away with such a crime.
At one point in his court martial, spectators gasped as Sampson flatly stated: “I know as an officer, I should have conducted myself better.”
WAITING FOR “THE OTHER SHOE TO DROP”
Now the career officer’s life is in ruins, along with that of his wife and children back home.
In a last ditch effort to salvage something from his self-destructive actions, Sampson submitted his resignation to the Department of the Army several months ago.
But the colonel’s court martial conviction makes the likelihood of any favorable action resulting, either slim or none.
Final sentence and dismissal must be approved by Maj. Gen. Pete Chairelli, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division.