Army Reservist Court Martialed For Allegedly Aiding Enemy

June 14, 2007

The military says that a Virginia army reservist has been referred to a court martial on charges for aiding the enemy by allowing detainees at an Iraqi prison to use his cell phone to make calls.

The offense could carry the death penalty. 51-year-old reservist Lt. Colonel William Steele is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a female interpreter, failing to obey orders and possessing pornographic videos.

Witnesses testified at a Baghdad hearing last month that Steel fraternized with a detainee's daughter, used a service pistol to intimidate tower guards and improperly stored classified information.

He has been in custody since March.

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