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U.S. Army Special Forces Sgt.1st Class Kelly A. Stewart admitted to having a one-night stand with a 28-year-old German woman the night of Aug. 22, 2008. She did, too. Both knew sex was part of the plan when they left the discotheque near Stuttgart. Two months later, however, her story changed and the highly-decorated combat veteran found himself facing rape and kidnapping charges.
During court-martial proceedings one year later, Stewart faced an Army court-martial panel comprised of soldiers who had recently returned from a 16-month deployment with the Army attorney serving as Stewart’s lead prosecutor.
Despite a lack of both physical evidence and eyewitnesses to the alleged crimes, it took only three days for the panel to find Stewart guilty of numerous offenses — including aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, forcible sodomy and assault and battery — and sentence him to eight years behind bars.
Incredibly, the conviction was based almost entirely on the testimony of Stewart’s accuser, a one-time mental patient who, with the backing of the German government, refused to allow her medical records to be entered as evidence.
When several witnesses came forward during a post-trial hearing to reveal startling proof that the accuser had lied several times during the trial, their words were largely ignored by the court and Stewart remained behind bars.
The story would fill a book, and Bob McCarty has done just that — written a book about it, titled Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice. Bob will appear tonight at 9p ET on my program, The Andrea Shea King Show, along with CMSgt. John Stewart, the father of Kelly A. Stewart, a former Green Beret whose life is chronicled in McCarty’s book. Retired after spending most of three decades of service in Air Force Special Operations, Chief Stewart has fought relentlessly to help his son obtain justice in the military court system.
If you want to hear some of the back stories behind the book or ask questions, be sure to click here Friday night at 9 or paste the url below in your browser.
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