McKinney May Face Court-Martial

A military hearing officer reportedly has recommended that Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, accused by six women of sexual misconduct, may face a court-martial on 22 counts of indecent assault, adultery, obstruction of justice and perjury.

Although McKinney, the Army’s top enlisted man, did not testify at the trial, he claims he was unfairly attacked because he is black and the women are white. The women have accused him of sexual assault and harassment, including forcing an 8-months-pregnant woman to have sex with him.

The recommendation will be reviewed by Col. Owen Powell, who does not have to follow the recommendations or make a decision on them, and then will be given to Maj. Gen. Robert Foley, who will make the final decision.


AP - September 19, 1997

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