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Hearing Delayed For Female Soldier Accused Of Prisoner Abuse

Posted July 12, 2004 5:43 a.m. EDT

— Pfc. Lynndie England will face an Article 32 hearing next month on allegations of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Monday's hearing at Fort Bragg lasted approximately five minutes. It was held because England wants a specific military attorney, John Crisp, added to her defense team. The investigating officer in the case set August 3 as the date for the Article 32 hearing, giving Crisp time to become familiar with the case.

Originally, England was scheduled to have a week-long hearing beginning July 12. Last Friday, the Army announced that the hearing would be delayed.

In addition to allegations of abuse, England is accused of violating a general order that prohibits making and possessing sexually explicit photographs. She's also charged with four counts of indecent acts.

England, who reportedly got pregnant at the Iraqi prison, now faces a total of 19 charges. If convicted at a court-martial, England would face a sentence of a dishonorable discharge and 38 years in prison.