The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 30, 1997 · Page 4
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 4

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, April 30, 1997
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A4 WEDNESDAY. APRIL 3O, 1997 NATION THE SALINA JOURNAL T ARMY SEX TRIAL The Associated Press Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, depicted In this April 22 courtroom drawing, was convicted Tuesday of raping six women trainees. Army drill sergeant convicted of rapes Simpson could get life in prison after he is found guilty of rapes By The Associated Press !ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. — A drill instructor was convicted Tuesday of raping six women trainees in the most serious case to come out of the sex scandal that has rocked the Army. ' Staff Sgt. Delmar G. Simpson, 32, could get life in prison for his conviction on 18 of 19 rape counts. I The 6-foot-4 soldier stood at attention, unflinching, as the verdicts were read in rapid-fire succession by the head of the military jury. Simpson, who has been behind bars since his arrest in September, left the courtroom holding hands with his wife, who is stationed at an Army post in Virginia. I Prosecutors said Simpson raped tjie women while he was a drill sergeant at Aberdeen in 1995 and 1996, mostly by intimidating them with his size, his superior rank and implied threats of harm or punishment. One trairiee said S,impson threatened to kill her if she told about having sex with Kim. 1 The jury of three "white men, two 1 black men and one white vpoman, all of superior rank, will decide Simpson's sentence after t T TEXAS STANDOFF hearing additional testimony, beginning Monday. Simpson already has pleaded guilty to having consensual sex with 11 trainees, including five of the rape victims. He could get up to 32 years in prison on those charges and five sexual-harassment offenses he admitted. "We are all satisfied that due process is continuing along. We are hoping for a speedy conclusion to all this," said Lt. Col. Gabriel Riesco, chief of staff at Aberdeen's Ordnance Center and School, where Simpson worked. The judge ordered lawyers on both sides not to talk about the case before the sentencing. Simpson is at the center of the most politically and racially charged case to emerge from a sex scandal that Army Secretary Togo West Jr. called "the worst we've seen" — a scandal has exposed the complexities of integrating women into the military and renewed debate over the issue. Since the scandal broke in November, the Army has fielded more than 1,200 sexual misconduct complaints and opened more than 300 criminal investigations at U.S. installations around the world. Twelve soldiers were charged at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where the investigation revealed a breakdown in discipline that led to regular sex between instructors and trainees. 'Another Waco' feared in heated Texas siege Holed-up secessionists demand that their jailed comrade be released By The Associated Press FORT DAVIS, Texas — Two armored personnel carriers rolled into place Tuesday in the siege of the Texas secessionists as their leader's lawyer warned of "another Waco" if officers move in for an arrest. "There's the potential for a lot of killing and that's O , what we want to u stop," said Terry O'Rourke, the lawyer for Richard McLaren, the self-proclaimed ambassador of the Republic of Texas. McLaren and his followers have been holed up in the mountain community since Sunday, when they took two neighbors hostage in retaliation for the arrest of two followers. They released both hostages Monday in exchange for one of the jailed comrades, who had been arrested on weapons charges. By Tuesday, nearly 100 state and federal officers were stationed within two miles of the trailer the group calls its "embassy" in the rugged Davis Mountains, 175 miles southeast of El Paso. Officers negotiated with the group by telephone. Mike Cox, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said 13 adults were holed up. The group has demanded the release of the other jailed follower, a woman arrested on contempt charges. McLaren has also demanded a statewide referendum on independence for Texas. Six of the holed-up Republic of Texas members are wanted on kidnapping charges or other offenses related to the hostage-taking. O'Rourke said of McLaren: "If they attempt to execute those warrants, he will likely be killed. ... Nobody wants another Waco." 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