WT - Sergeant Found Guilty Of Abuse
June 10, 2005 Pg. 8
Sergeant Found Guilty Of Abuse
FORT KNOX -- A drill sergeant was found guilty Wednesday of abusing a trainee and trying to impede an investigation by threatening other trainees with punishment if they cooperated.
Ricky L. Stauffer, whose rank was reduced from sergeant first class to staff sergeant, was the third drill sergeant at Fort Knox to be found guilty of soldier abuse. A fourth is scheduled for trial later this month.
Since this article was written, the drill sergeant's company commander was either relieved or charged with a court-martial offense or both.
Stauffer was found guilty of slamming one trainee against a wall, and not guilty of punching a former Army specialist in the stomach, said a statement issued by the post, about 25 miles south of Louisville.