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Fort Hood soldier convicted in prostitute case

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Former Fort Hood Master Sgt. Brad Grimes has been demoted and reprimanded after a six-person military panel found him guilty of planning to meet with a prostitute and commit adultery.

The 17-year Army veteran was then demoted one pay grade and reprimanded during the two-day court-martial at the Central Texas post.

Grimes, who is married, was acquitted of patronizing a prostitute and committing adultery.

His defense attorney Daniel Conway told jurors that the explosive ordnance disposal specialist was "tempted,'' but no money exchanged hands and no sex happened.

The prostitute was a female army private first class with money problems. On Monday, she testified to meeting with Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen about her financial burdens. She said McQueen made her a part of a prostitution ring on Post, and set up nighttime rendezvous with Grimes.

Grimes and his council denied the allegations.

"They presented no evidence of an agreement between Master Sgt. Grimes and Sgt. 1st Class McQueen,” Daniel Conway, Grimes’ attorney, said. “There's literally nothing."

Grimes testified he received the female soldier's information from McQueen, who was once a sexual harassment prevention officer on Post, but never knew about McQueen's prostitution scheme.

The defense said while sexual assault is a hot topic in the military, this case was unrelated and the jury handed down a proper punishment for the crime.

"This case itself is not a sexual assault case,” Conway said. “It has nothing to do with sexual assault. The only reason that this got lumped in with discussions about sexual assault is because Sgt. 1st Class McQueen has some sexual assault responsibilities."

For those who know Grimes, the action did not line up his character.

"He's a very committed man from the family and the military side,” Al Perry, Grimes’ brother, said. “I think you'd be hard pressed to find someone more committed to the family or the military service."

Grimes said he is ready to move on with his career and put the case behind him.

"I accept full responsibility for my actions in all of this, and I'm going to move forward,” he said. “The sentence has been sent down, and I fully agree with it."

Officials confirmed McQueen has been removed from his sexual harassment prevention position, but he has not been charged with any crime and is still on active duty. The female private who testified has been granted immunity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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