Army Times: Fort Bliss soldier charged with rape of fellow unit member

A 1st Armored Division soldier at Fort Bliss, Texas, has been formally accused of three sexual assaults in the past year, including the alleged 2019 rape of a soldier from his unit who was found dead this New Year’s Eve.

Pfc. Christian G. Alvarado was arraigned Thursday during a general court-martial at Fort Bliss on three specifications of sexual assault, two specifications of making false statements and one specification of aggravated assault in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Alvarado is accused of raping 19-year-old Pfc. Asia M. Graham while she was unconscious Dec. 30, 2019, at Fort Bliss, according to his charge sheets. Graham was found dead in her barracks room this New Year’s Eve, roughly one year after the alleged assault took place.

Graham had been assigned to Fort Bliss, her first duty station, for only one month before the incident. Her cause of death has not been released, but Army CID agents don’t suspect foul play.

The accusations follow a year in which sexual assault and harassment in the Army garnered increased public scrutiny and revealed chronic failings at Fort Hood, another Texas military post, that an independent committee said could mirror problems at other installations.

Maj. Gen. Sean C. Bernabe, 1st Armored Division commander, “personally ordered the referral of charges against” Alvarado to court-martial on Jan. 8, unit spokeswoman Lt. Col. Allie Payne said in a statement.

Alvarado is also accused of committing two other sexual assaults on May 8 and Aug. 26. Those victims’ names were redacted from the charge sheets, though Graham’s name was not.

SOURCE: Kyle Rempfer

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