The Army has charged a retired general with six counts of rape relating to an incident involving a minor in the 1980s.
Retired Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene allegedly raped a minor numerous times from 1983 to 1989, USA Today reports.
Grazioplene retired in 2005 from the position of director of force development for the Joint Warfighting Capabilities Assessment at the Pentagon. He’s now been dragged out of retirement life to face charges of rape, the most recent of various sex scandals that have rocked top military leaders over the last several months.
Due to the vague nature of the charges, it’s possible that the allegations involve multiple minors and various locations, or any combination thereof.
“This is a highly unusual case,” Don Christensen, president of Protect our Defenders and former top Air Force prosecutor, told USA Today. “But you never really lose jurisdiction over somebody who retires.”
In December, the Army demoted Maj. Gen. David Haight for engaging in an extramarital affair and swapping sexual partners as part of a swinging lifestyle, which put Haight at significant risk of blackmail. The demotion cost him $43,000 a year via a reduction in pension.
Despite Grazioplene’s retirement, he is still subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Additionally, rape has no statute of limitations. However, the Army does not intend to call him back into active-duty while he undergoes proceedings.
Grazioplene will face an Article 32 hearing, which will determine if the case will move forward to court-martial.
He first joined the Army in 1972 as an armor officer.
If Grazioplene is convicted of the charges, he could face life in prison and an end to his pension.
The criminal investigation into his activities remains open.
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