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Military hearing set in Bragg sexual assault case

A military hearing for a Fort Bragg soldier accused in a string of sexual assaults and burglaries has been scheduled for April 8 after two months of delays.

Military investigators charged Spc. Aaron M. Pernell on Feb. 2 with two burglaries and a sexual assault that were reported in December in the Ste. Mere Eglise neighborhood on Fort Bragg.

He has since been charged by civilian authorities with crimes that include two counts of first-degree rape and three counts each of attempted rape and burglary in Fayetteville, and breaking into three homes in the Raeford area between April and August 2009 and sexually assaulting three women.

Pernell, 22, of Tulsa, Okla., is an indirect fire infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment.

The military hearing, known as an Article 32, will address the crimes that the military charged him with. An Article 32 is similar to a civilian grand jury. In it, the Army would decide whether to move forward to a court-martial based on the evidence.

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