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Original post made by Tami, Downtown, on Aug 21, 2009

Four U.S. troops charged with soldier cruelty
Soldiers accused of hazing Ohio teen who committed suicide, military says
NBC News and news services
updated 47 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - Four American soldiers have been charged with cruelty and maltreatment of an 19-year-old soldier who committed suicide after being in Iraq for 10 days, the U.S. military told NBC News Friday.

The four Multi-National Division-South soldiers are accused of hazing Private Keiffer P. Wilhelm of Ohio. They abused Wilhelm with excessive physical fitness, said Lt. Col. Kevin Olson, a military spokesman.

One defense official told NBC News that Wilhelm eventually stopped going to public areas to avoid being harassed repeatedly for being overweight.

Olson said the period of time over which the alleged acts took place was under investigation.

The Fort Bliss soldier locked himself inside a portable toilet and shot himself with a rifle on Aug. 4 in Maysan Province, military officials told NBC. They spoke on condition of anonymity.
Military officials identified the charged officers as Sgt. Enoch Chatman, Staff Sgt. Bob Clements, Sgt. Jarrett Taylor and Spc. Daniel Weber, all of B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 13th Calvary Regiment from Fort Bliss, Texas.

The four soldiers also are accused of abusing other male soldiers, Olson said.

The accused are part of the first brigade to deploy to Iraq for the new Advise and Assist mission, whose job is to train Iraqi security forces to be better soldiers.

Chatman, of West Covina, Calif., was charged with four counts of cruelty and maltreatment, one count of making a false statement and one count of reckless endangerment . If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 10 years in prison, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of pay, the military said.

Clements, of Eastland, Texas, faces four counts of cruelty and maltreatment, three counts of making a false statement, one count of impeding an investigation and one count of reckless endangerment. If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 25 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge, the military said.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Web Link Children mistreated for being fat kill themselves. Ways to protect children even if they are overweight.

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Posted by k
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2009 at 2:19 pm

First of all, how did he get into the Army if he was fat ... that's an organizational problem (The Army's commander's have an organization that is not in control of its filtering system and that's the Army's fault. Second, why didn't his superiors have a hold on the situation of their subordinates ... that's a leadership problem. The rank and file should have been disciplined from bootcamp ... this shows a lack of discipline through-out the ranks. Bad commanding. Bad leadership. BTW: a fat kid shouldn't be in the Army ... it's bad for everyone's morale. Lose weight before you go into combat and BTW get the generals to snap into shape ... it seems they are the problem.

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