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Fort Bliss soldier faces court martial for alleged sex assault of fellow soldier recently found dead

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Pfc. Asia M. Graham, whose death at Fort Bliss is under investigation.

UPDATE, Jan. 8: The commander of Fort Bliss announced Friday night that court-martial proceedings had been initiated against a fellow soldier for sex assault against a female soldier who died on New Year’s Eve in her barracks room.

The cause of death of Asia Graham was still pending autopsy results at last word, but Army investigators had said foul play was not suspected.

Her family revealed, and the Army subsequently confirmed, that an investigation into an alleged sexual assault of Graham had been underway at the time of her death.

Fort Bliss officials confirmed that the soldier facing charges is a man but didn't identify him.

Maj. Gen. Sean Bernabe, commanding general for Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division, did not identify the soldier being charged, nor did he provide any further details about the alleged assault or the circumstances surrounding Graham’s death.

ORIGINAL REPORT, Jan. 5: EL PASO, Texas -- The 19-year-old Fort Bliss soldier found dead on New Year's Eve in her barracks had allegedly been sexually assaulted by another soldier at the post and was seeking justice at the time of her death, Army officials confirmed Tuesday to ABC-7.

The Army's Criminal Investigation Division indicated it doesn't suspect foul play in the death of PFC Asia Graham, although officials won't discuss how she died until after a pending autopsy report is completed.

The Army said she had reported being attacked by another soldier just over a year ago after being assigned to the 1st Armored Division and stationed at Fort Bliss.

Fort Bliss provided this statement in response to inquiries by ABC-7...

“Pfc. Asia Graham made an initial report of an alleged sexual assault on June 1, 2020.  At the time, Pfc. Graham alleged a fellow Pfc. stationed at Fort Bliss sexually assaulted her in December of 2019.  As with all allegations of sexual assault, Army Criminal Investigative Command investigated the matter.  Charges were preferred against the alleged offender on October 22, 2020, which includes one specification of sexual assault pertaining to Pfc. Graham.  Those charges are pending adjudication.  Team Bliss is committed to ensuring the fair administration of military justice at all levels of command.  Commanders at Fort Bliss remain fully committed to ensuring good order and discipline in their formations while ensuring that every accused Soldier enjoys a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.”

Grieving mother Nicole Graham, in interviews with WBTV and WCNC television stations in her daughter's native North Carolina, said she doesn’t feel the Army initially responded well to her daughter’s sexual assault report.

“I was with the military life. I spoke very highly about the military, but in her situation, I think the leadership failed her,” said the mother, whose late husband had served for over two decades in the Army before dying of cancer.

“Do I think she was murdered? No. But do I think if it would have handled better from the beginning, I think she would have had the proper help before and she would have been OK,” Nicole Graham told the stations.

Graham's death comes just four months after two congressional committees launched probes into a number of deaths at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. Most notably was the 2020 death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, whose family has maintained she, too, was an Army sexual assault victim.

Those probes led the Army to make a number of command changes at Fort Hood.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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47 Comments

        1. Dumbass Dan, don’t attempt to learn another language when you barely understand English. Your post gave me a headache because it’s beyond pathetic – all of your Spanish words are incorrect and no one wants to hang with y’all, delusional turd!!

  1. Was the assault on ft bliss or another installation? So far they’ve said it doesn’t look like foul play and the family doesn’t believe she was murdered so why the extra info? Oh yeah I almost forgot there’s an agenda…. nevermind

  2. ‘ Ensuring That Every Soldier Enjoys The Presumption Of Innocence Until Proven Guilty’ sounds good on paper. But beware of the barracks vigilantes prefer to skip due process and violently take law into thier own hands. Such as placing a suspect before a firing squad or lynching him.

        1. That means wanna be smarter then alberto pedo muerto is that you are dumber than shit. Which alberto eats every day. Get an education. At least learn how to read if you want to post here.

      1. You made an overstatement and a veiled threat Typical true to form permanently pissed Republican. We do no have firing squads in the American military anymore dipsticks! Much to your leader Trump’s chagrin. BUT TRY RUSSIA mother fuckers!

          1. Nadodave is a gomer Pyle With a fetish for melanin. You are the type we don’t want around my family.

  3. This young lady was serving our country. Comments about her and her demise should be respectful. It’s a terrible thing that’s happened. Not only to her but to the Army and the nation as well. On top of all that, she was just a kid.

    1. Your e right but check the insinuating comments coming frim the MadMike Gang comments should be fair & balanced then from the Republicans and bigots are making inferences that another Fort Hood suspect committed tbe alleged crimes. And that type of carelessness places all Black Fort Bliss soldiers in barracks lives on the line. Or before a firing squad.

    2. You and alberto are always putting the military down and now you are worried that the comments here are not respectful? Really? You are the last person to know about respect. Go let your illegals go Then we’ll talk. Or not.

  4. Dont act dumb you numb nuts know exactly what Im getting at and exactly what you’re doing in grasping at straws in ATTEMPTING TO LINK THE FORT BLISS FEMALE SUICIDAL DEATH & ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT TO THAT WHICH OCCURRED AT FORT HOOD DEATH & SEXUAL HARASSMENT TO THAT VANESSA GUILLEN ALLEGEDLY AT THE HANDS OF A BLACK FORT HOOD SOLDIER MR ROBINSON. WHO NEVER GOT HIS DAY IN COURT BECAUSE HE WAS SILENCED BY A BARRACKS VIGILANTE. IM TRYING TO STOP A BLM RIOT AT FORT BLISS. WHILE YOU AGENTS PROVOCATEURS UP IN HERE ARE INCITING A RIOT AT FORT BLISS!

  5. ‘General Court Marshal’ or ‘Special Court Marshal? I would insistently Suggest that the suspect soldier’s chain of command/CID keep him under suicide watch, as well as separation fromm general population pending court marshal UCMJ proceedings. We wouldn’t want him ‘commiting suicide while sleeping’ by a barracks vigilante, before they get thier due process day in court.

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