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Army charges Aberdeen drill sergeant with new rape counts

December 20, 1996
Web posted at: 7:10 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Staff Sgt. Delmar Simpson, the Aberdeen Proving Ground drill instructor already accused of raping three female recruits, was charged this week with raping seven others, some of them multiple times, the Army announced Friday.

Simpson now faces 16 additional charges of rape, and new charges of forcible sodomy, indecent acts, extortion, robbery, larceny, indecent assault, and maltreatment of a subordinate. He had been charged with rape, sodomy and sexual assault involving more than a dozen women. All the incidents occurred at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Aberdeen spokesperson said.

Complaints about Sgt. Simpson sparked the Army's investigation into sexual assault and abuse at the Ordnance School at Aberdeen, which turned up widespread complaints of sexual harassment. Simpson is currently incarcerated at a military jail in Quantico, Virginia, and is scheduled to enter a plea February 3, 1997.

Military Affairs Correspondent Jamie McIntyre contributed to this report.

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