Missouri drill sergeant found guilty of sexual assaults of soldiers

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Missouri (AP) – A military judge has recommended a 20-year prison sentence for a Missouri drill sergeant found guilty of sexually assaulting and harassing several female soldiers.

Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez was found guilty of four counts of sexual assault and six counts of abusive sexual contact. The verdict came Wednesday afternoon at a court-martial.

Sanchez was accused of using his supervisory position with the 14th Military Police Brigade at Fort Leonard Wood to isolate his victims and win their trust with favors, including cake and ice cream. One woman testified that failing to cooperate would have jeopardized her military status.

The Philadelphia native and married father of two didn’t testify during the three-day hearing but apologized to his victims, many of whom were in the courtroom, after the verdict.

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