Sun. Jan 17th, 2021

The Fort Bliss soldier who was found dead on base on New Year’s Eve had previously made a claim a fellow soldier had sexually assaulted her, military officials said Tuesday.

According to a spokesperson for Fort Bliss, Pfc. Asia Graham made an initial report on June 1, 2020, that a fellow Pfc. stationed at the base had allegedly sexually assaulted her in December 2019.

Army Criminal Investigative Command investigated the claim and charges were preferred against the alleged offender on Oct. 22, 2020, according to officials.

The Fort Bliss spokesperson said a Military Protective Order, enforceable by both civilian and military law enforcement, was put in place and Fort Bliss took steps to ensure Graham and the accused did not reside in the same buildings or work in the same areas.

Graham was offered access to Chaplains, medical counselors and behavioral health counselors at Fort Bliss, according to the spokesperson.

Graham’s death remains under investigation, but officials said Monday that no foul play is suspected at this time.

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