In separate and unrelated cases, two Afghan evacuees are accused of committing serious crimes while at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.
Bahrullah Noori, 20, faces one count of attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person, and three counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor, with one count alleging the use of force, according to a federal indictment, which states the alleged victim was under 16 at the time.
Noori allegedly touched his victim’s genatalia and the alleged assaults occurred on three separate occasions — once in a barrack and twice in a bathroom — the indictment claims, according to the New York Post.
If convicted, Noori faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the charges alleging use of force, and a maximum penalty of 15 years on the other two charges.
In the second case, Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32, is accused of assaulting his wife by strangling and suffocating her on Sept. 7, an indictment states.
Citing a complaint, the Post reports Imaad’s wife alleged to soldiers that he “beat me many times in Afghanistan to the point I lost vision in both eyes.”
She also later alleged Imaad raped her and threatened he would “send her back to Afghanistan where the Taliban could deal with her” and claimed “that nine women have been killed since getting to Fort McCoy and that she would be the tenth,” according to the Post.
Imaad faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of the charge against him.
Both men are currently being held in the Dane County Jail.
The arrests are the result of an investigation by the FBI and the Fort McCoy Police Department.
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