Fort Hood: A Prostitution Ring Scandal Strikes

imageedit_3_7915264002Fort Hood is in the news once again. This time it’s for a prostitution ring scandal and Sgt.1st Class Gregory McQueen is smack in the middle of it.

 McQueen, 37, is a director for a harassment and sexual assault program at Fort Hood and it is his job to help prevent troops from the devastation that can be afflicted due to these types of assaults. He assists commanders in their prevention program and joins together “efforts of police, medical personnel and chaplains,” according to the Army.

 A 20-year-old female soldier testified on Tuesday that she was requested to join him and another female soldier to an undisclosed home for drinks last year. According to the 20-year-old female soldier (let’s call her Mary), McQueen knew that she had already experienced the horrors of being sexually assaulted while she had been training at a different Army post location. Yet, instead of protecting her, Mary said, once she was at the house, the two then tried to entice her into a prostitution ring.

 Mary was told she could make upwards of $400 to $500 a night. She reported that McQueen then started touching and kissing her until she pushed him away.

 McQueen, according to the Pentagon, has been relieved of his sexual-abuse program responsibilities and all duties.

 More than 21 criminal charges have been brought against McQueen and include sexual assault, pandering and adultery. He is being accused of recruiting female troops who are hard pressed for money and enticing them into the prostitution ring that McQueen described as “escorting.”

 Mary was having a difficult time paying all of her student loans and buying food for her child. That is when she said McQueen approached her with a way out of her financial woes. She also testified that she had engaged in sexual contact with McQueen in 2013 but that she had lied about that fact until she had received immunity in the case.

 McQueen wanted Mary to send pictures of her to him. She said he intended to show “higher-ranking” soldiers the pictures to tempt them into having sex with her for money.

 According to KWTX, “The witness said McQueen also came to her ‘on-post’ home and asked her to ‘act out’ on him what she would do with the soldiers who wanted to have sex with her for money.”

 It was McQueen, Mary stated, who arranged for her to have sex with another soldier, Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, at the La Quinta Inn in Killeen for $100. Grimes has been reprimanded and demoted for his part in the encounter. He was charged with “conspiring to patronize a prostitute and solicitation to commit adultery,” according to CBS News.

 Mary, still married at the time, stated that she had engaged in sexual activity one other time with Grimes and that she used the money to buy food for her and her three-year-old child.

Grimes was charged and found guilty of “conspiring to patronize a prostitute and solicitation to commit adultery,” though later acquitted of patronizing a prostitute and committing adultery. Mr. Grimes was reduced to E-7 grade.

 Pressure on the Pentagon has increased to deal with sexual misconduct and this case has amplified it.

 Congress has been discussing solutions for months, though a cohesive plan of attack has yet to be outlined.

 By, Lorra B. Chief writer for Silent Soldier   

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