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Jurors hear testimony in Fort Indiantown Gap rape case

Written by Les Stewart, Lebanon Daily News | Sep 3, 2015 9:15 AM
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(Lebanon) -- A 34-year-old National Guardsman told jurors Wednesday a fellow guardsman raped her after she became intoxicated at a cookout and party soldiers held in May last year at Fort Indiantown Gap.

The woman said she walked to her barracks because she was not feeling well from drinking too much, Corwin C. Sample followed her into her room and sexually assaulted her.

Jurors will hear final testimony and closing arguments Thursday in Sample's trial before they begin deliberations in Judge Bradford H. Charles' courtroom.

Sample, 27, Bowe, Md., is on trial on charges of rape of an unconscious person, sexual assault and indecent assault.

Sample and the 34-year-old National Guardsman are members of the same Washington, D.C.-based National Guard unit that was undergoing training at Fort Indiantown Gap when she said she was raped.

The woman said her unit had a cookout at a picnic pavilion at the Gap on May 21 to celebrate the end of their training for deployment. The celebration moved inside after sunset to a classroom barracks building.

She said she drank about one and a half cups of Jack Daniels whiskey with ice during the celebration that lasted into the night

At some point, she decided to walk back to her barracks and heard someone's footsteps behind her. She said Sample was following her. He helped her into the barracks and up the stairs to the second floor, she said.

The woman said she went in and out of consciousness after she fell onto a bed but remembers that Sample had sex with her.

"I heard him say (her name) you're drunk but he did not stop," she told jurors.

When she woke up, she said she went into the bathroom and vomited.

Later, the woman said, several other female solders came into her room, pulled off her clothes and put her in the shower.

She said she told the other soldiers that she did not want to have sex with Sample.

The woman said she knew she would run into him at training the following day on May 22 and considered getting a weapon to hurt him.

She said she was questioned by Fort Indiantown Gap police and taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for a rape exam on May 22.

During cross-examination, defense attorney Jonathan Crisp pointed out several inconsistencies in statements she made last year and her testimony at Sample's trial on Wednesday.

Among them was her testimony Wednesday that Sample helped her walk up the steps to the second floor of the barrack, located at Hawkins and Cedar streets in Area Four at the Gap. Crisp noted that the woman, at Sample's preliminary hearing in June last year, did not say that Sample helped her up the stairs.

Crisp also pointed out that in her written statement to police, she wrote that she had been taken advantage of, but did not state that she had been raped.

Crisp also questioned the woman about feeling that she had been treated unfairly because her superiors told her she was being disrespectful to them. She said that was not true and that she was disrespectful.

Crisp questioned Fort Indiantown Gap police officer Jeffrey Franks about his interview of the woman, contending that the police officer asked leading questions or made leading statements.

Franks said he remarked that the woman agreed with him that she had enough alcohol in her system that she did not know that she was doing.

"Where did she articulate that?" Crisp asked.

Franks said she drank enough to black out.

Franks also said that he read to her the criminal statute definitions for rape, sexual assault and indecent assault and asked her if that is what had happened to her. She answered in the affirmative, he said.

Sgt, William Reynolds, a member of the woman's unit, testified that she told him on May 22 that Sample had taken advantage of her but did not say Sample had raped her. He asked her to clarify what she meant and she again said she had been taken advantage of.

When he asked her if she had sex with him, she began crying, Reynolds said.

The woman told him that she had been sexually assaulted but Reynolds, during questioning by Crisp, said he did not include that statement in his written report to police.

Reynolds and several other National Guard members testified they had recently taken a course to train them what to do when a sexual assault is reported.

Jurors heard medical testimony indicating that the woman had been raped.

Michelle Logerman, a sexual assault nurse in the Good Samaritan Hospital emergency room, testified that a special dye showed injuries to the woman's genitalia consistent with rape victims' injuries. The dye made the injuries visible that cannot be seen by the naked eye, she said.

The woman told her that she had showered and changed her clothes after the alleged rape, the nurse said.

Sgt. Martinez Perez, another member of the Washington, D.C.-based National Guard unit, testified that she had seen the woman and Sample at a bar off base and the two of them had spent time together away from others in their group.

Perez, one of the woman's supervising officers, testified by telephone because she had recently returned to the United States from a deployment and was in Fort Worth, Texas.

Perez said the woman never told her after the May 21 party that she had been raped.

Perez said she had consoled the woman about her behavior before the rape allegation because Perez said the woman had been disrespectful to her and another officer. Perez said she was also concerned about the woman getting a bad reputation because of her drinking. She said the woman was "highly intoxicated" at the party on May 21.


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