McKinney accuser: stayed silent to protect career
February 17, 1998
McKinney en route to court Tuesday
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FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (CNN) -- The only officer among six
accusers at the court-martial of the Army's former top
enlisted soldier completed her testimony on Tuesday, saying
she did not initially report alleged sexual misconduct
because doing so could damage her Army career.
Maj. Michelle Gunzelman is the second alleged victim to
testify at the trial of Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney.
"Any time you report something -- I have seen this in the
military -- any time a woman raises a red flag, it sticks
with her the rest of her career," Gunzelman said during
defense cross-examination in the trial's third week.
Under defense questioning, Gunzelman admitted taking part in
adulterous affairs with officers and improper fraternization
with enlisted soldiers. Adultery is a crime in the military.
Earlier, she described two incidents in which she said
McKinney suggested they have sex. Gunzelman said the first
suggestion was in jest, but that McKinney was "fishing" to
see if she was willing.
She said the second incident took place in Germany in 1994
when McKinney grabbed her arm and trying to kiss her.
Retired Sgt. Maj. Brenda Hoster -- the woman who first came
forward to accuse McKinney of sexual misconduct -- was due
next on the stand. Defense and prosecution lawyers were
arguing over what questions she can be asked.
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