A cash-strapped female soldier told a Fort Hood hearing board Tuesday about how a noncommissioned sexual assault prevention officer on base forced her into a prostitution ring so she could buy groceries for her child.
The private testified against Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen during a proceeding similar to a grand jury hearing. McQueen could face some 21 criminal charges if he is slapped with a military court-martial.
“Basically, it was having sex with higher ranking officers for money,” the woman told the board, the Killeen Daily Herald reported.
The private, who was 20 and struggling as a single mother of a 3-year-old child at the time of the alleged prostitution, was granted immunity in return for her testimony. She told the board how McQueen snapped pics of her naked to distribute to potential clients. The two also had sex so McQueen could see how she would “act out” with clients.
Among those clients was Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, 37, who was already demoted and reprimanded for his role in the scheme. Grimes paid the woman $100 for sex at a motel in Killeen in December 2013 and the two later had sex at the female soldier’s on-post home, the Herald reported.
McQueen, who has since been relieved from his sexual assault prevention duties, faces charges of pandering, conspiracy, adultery and sexual assault.
Another female private claims McQueen sexually assaulted her when he tried to recruit her into the military sex ring.
That woman told investigators that McQueen “preys on young females who are in bad financial situations and that he keeps their pictures on his cell phone,” the Austin American-Statesman reported in December.