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Fort Bragg Soldier Denies Misconduct, Says Army Tainted by Politics

Posted April 24, 2007

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— A Fort Bragg soldier could be court martialed, and three others could be kicked out of the military after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against them.

But Tuesday, one of the accused came forward not only to deny the charges, but also to level his own charges against the Army.

It's a major military installation, an army powerhouse tainted by outhouse politics, said Sgt. 1st Class Roderick Barker.

The Army is accusing Barker and the other men of having inappropriate sexual relationships with some of the female soldiers they trained. One master sergeant is accused of rape, and Barker said that allegation swept the Army into overreacting.

“I never had sex with any female soldier,” Barker said. “I wasn’t even in the building when the supposed rape occurred. … We were just dragged into this simply because of rumors and hearsay.”

Army officials said their investigations have been very thorough and that they have treated all the soldiers fairly. Barker said he doesn’t believe that’s true. He thinks race has played a role.

“All these soldiers are African American soldiers,” Barker said. “The proper people aren’t being charged.”

Barker said he volunteered to take a polygraph test, but was never given one.

The Army said it cannot talk about the case on camera because the legal process has not yet run its course. The process begins Wednesday for Barker. That's when he faces an Army board that could recommend ending his military career.

Barker is married with four children. He has been in the Army for 22 years.

The Army released a statement Tuesday stating once again that it is confident the matter has been addressed fully and justly. The soldier accused of rape has a hearing Thursday.

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  • soldier boy Apr 26, 2007

    there will always be wrong and right in this world --let us hope that the "right" comes out here.
    I hope justice prevails.

  • Chiefman919 Apr 26, 2007

    As a brother of one of the accused soldiers, its hard to sit here and watch the blasphemy that some of you users have put up here. I was at the place that night that this whole ordeal supposedly went down. I can tell you with all honesty that no one got raped or anything remotely close to it. I read a couple of comments saying that "blacks always bring up race". Well, everyone in the place that night was black except for the accuser and her friend so thats just a fact. FYI, the accuser is a single white female with one child who is looking to get out of the Army. Why not try to go out with as many "benefits" as you can get????

  • mindyourown Apr 25, 2007

    The military can overreact and over-report things, especially what they want you to know and they never report things that make them look bad and there's so much that goes unreported, the military is caught up in way too many politics.

  • crunch Apr 25, 2007

    Blacks allways bring up the race, what color was the person who shot Tilman ?

  • jon2four Apr 25, 2007

    I think he's inocent,and like he said got caught up in army politics.Remember Tilman, the friendly fire case ,do you trust an organization that would lie to the world like that? Anyway don't be so quick to believe everything you see and read in the media ,hearsay is not allowed in court as proof.

  • Panther Apr 25, 2007

    "I never had sex with that woman!" Hummmm?

  • IHave1-2 Apr 25, 2007

    Unfortunately, it isn't just happening in the Army. I was in another branch of the military. My CC was a male and his assistant was a male. Our company was female. These men were the finest gentlemen and were very professional. However, there were other male CC's who trained females. Some of those females had charges brought against the CC for sexual assault/rape. It happens. As do so many other things that folks may never have heard about. If he's guilty, these ladies are brave for standing up. If he's innocent, this will be a huge mess. Good luck to all victims in this matter.

  • mythoughts22 Apr 25, 2007

    i am not saying he is innocent or guilty but we really need to check the "events that so called happened" out before we start pointing the finger and possibly costing a man his career and family.

  • mulvay8888 Apr 25, 2007

    "whatdouwant", I am not saying that he did this, but maybe he has been doing it for a while and just now got caught, or this is the first time and he was caught. I have heard many stories from others in the Army about issues like this one. It almost sounds like it may be considered common practice.

  • I hear voices Apr 25, 2007

    danhoggard -at- hotmail -dot- com

    First, I have never and will never think it's ok to hit a woman.
    Second, if the war comes to America we had ALL better grab a weapon and become combatants.

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