Two men evacuated from Afghanistan last month have been arrested and charged with spousal abuse and attempted child sexual assault, respectively, for alleged crimes committed while at Fort McCoy Wisconsin.
The cases are unrelated and were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort McCoy Police Department.
The Army base was one of four U.S. military bases used to house and process the influx of Afghans that were evacuated from their home country following the Taliban takeover in August. The refugees flown into the U.S. have been those believed to be at risk of retaliation from the terror group over their work with American forces and the now-deposed Afghan government.
Earlier this month, reports emerged that intake officials at Fort McCoy issued urgent requests for guidance from the military and the departments of health and human services and homeland security over allegations that some of the minor refugees had been brought to the U.S. as “brides” and had been sexually assaulted.
It is not clear if those allegations were related to the indictment of Bahrullah Noori and Mohammad Haroon Imaad, who are facing significant federal charges just a short time after being evacuated to the U.S.
According to a press release from the Justice Department, 20-year-old Noori has been charged with “attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person, and with three counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor, with one count alleging the use of force.”
The grand jury indictment alleges that the victim was under the age of 16 and at least four years younger than Noori.
He is facing a sentence between 30 years and life in federal prison on the charges of the use of force, and a maximum sentence of 15 years on the other charges.
Imaad, 32, has been charged of strangling and suffocating his wife and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years.
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