Fort Carson mum on charges in sex misconduct cases

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Fort Carson officials haven't released pre-trial charging documents in two cases of alleged sexual misconduct, and experts in military law say the secrecy is harmful.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Friday the post hasn't released the official list of charges against a soldier awaiting trial on unspecified allegations of violating military sexual misconduct laws.
The post also refused to release charge information before another soldier was convicted of indecent liberties with a child.
Post officials said Friday they would respond later to a request for comment.
Eugene Fidell, president emeritus of the National Institute of Military Justice, says the secrecy makes the public suspicious.
Victor Hansen, a former Army lawyer, says secrecy harms a defendant's right to a public trial and the public's right to observe courts.

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