2 at Ft. Jackson failed duty in sex assaults case

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - An Army drill sergeant is being reprimanded and a company commander counseled after each failed to report sexual assault allegations at South Carolina's Fort Jackson.

The State newspaper of Columbia reported Thursday{}commanders at the Army's largest training center promise to look into allegations that other drill sergeants intimidated a victim who accused Staff Sgt. Louis Corral.

He was convicted last week of forcible sodomy, cruelty and maltreatment of subordinates, and other charges. Three female soldiers testified the drill sergeant attacked them during basic training.

Pfc. Natasha Woodruff of Defiance, Ohio, said Corral groped her, and a female drill sergeant tried to intimidate her out of complaining to officers. The 20-year-old now stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., says Fort Jackson officials told her they planned to investigate further.

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