Hearing scheduled for soldier accused in prison abuse
(CNN) -- The first stage of court-martial proceedings against Pfc. Lynndie England, charged in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, is scheduled to begin June 22 at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
England is the female soldier shown in two of the photos publicly released from the prison abuse investigation; one in which she is holding a leash tied to an Iraqi prisoner's neck, and another in which she is pointing to the genitals of a hooded detainee.
The leash photo is the basis for one of the most serious charges against England -- conspiring to mistreat a detainee.
She also is facing three counts of assault against Iraqi detainees, nine counts of conduct prejudicial to good discipline in the military, and one count of indecent acts with various soldiers and detainees.
The nine improper conduct charges involve additional photos that England either took or posed for. (U.S. charges England)
England's attorneys have sought to have her confession tossed because the Army had violated England's rights during questioning. (Full story)
An Article 32 hearing takes place before an investigating officer, who hears testimony and arguments from both sides, and then decides whether to recommend a full court-martial.
Like six others charged with abuse, England, 21, from Fort Ashby, West Virginia, is a member of the 372nd Military Police Company, a U.S. Army Reserve unit based just outside Cumberland, Maryland, near her hometown.
Her case is the only Abu Ghraib proceeding to be held in the United States. One other guard at Abu Ghraib already has pleaded guilty in Baghdad and was sentenced to a year in prison and a bad-conduct charge. (Full story)
Five other guards are awaiting possible courts-martial while still stationed in Iraq.
England is now assigned to duties with the 16th Military Police Brigade at Fort Bragg, in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The Article 32 hearing will be open to media coverage.