Military Jury Sentences Drill Instructor and Sgt. 1st Class
On Thursday in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Sgt. 1st Class Gary F. Alford was convicted on charges of sodomy, adultery, conspiring to violate a military regulation and three counts of violating a military regulation. He was sentenced to two years in prison. Alford was found not guilty of committing an indecent act with a trainee, perjury, sodomy, and four counts of violating a military regulation.
Also on Thursday, a military jury in Columbia, S.C., convicted Sgt. 1st Class Gary F. Alford of 15 counts of sexual misconduct and sentenced him to 4 years in prison for those crimes. Alford was acquitted on two rape counts.
Eight noncommissioned officers at Fort Leonard Wood have plead guilty to or been convicted of sex-related charges involving trainees since last November.
Media Resources: The New York Times - August 29, 1997