Retired General indicted on rape charges Army previously dismissed

Matt Saintsing
December 10, 2018 - 2:33 pm

U.S. Army


A retired Army 2-star General who escaped military justice when the statute of limitations changed has been indicted on charges of rape in Virginia.

Prince William Circuit Court has brought multiple counts of rape against James Grazioplene—a retired Maj. Gen. who was recalled from retirement to stand trial by court-martial for sexual assault allegations—according to court documents. 

The Washington Post first reported the charges against Grazioplene.

The Army had previously charged Grazioplene with repeated rape against a minor between 1983 and 1989, part of while living in Prince William County, Va. He also served Kansas, North Carolina and Germany. 

An Army investigation dates back to 2015, but in 2017 officials proceeded with an Article 32 hearing, where Grazioplene’s accuser spoke in detail about the retired general’s actions. The Army ultimately decided a court-martial case could continue. 

But that changed when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled in an unrelated case that there should be a five-year statute of limitations on rape allegations. Grazioplene’s six charges of an alleged rape of a minor case were dismissed by the military in March 2018, citing that change. 

Virginia, on the other hand, has no statute of limitations on rape charges and is free to investigate the matter.  

Grazioplene is a 1972 West Point graduate and served 33 years in the Army as an Armor officer. His final assignment was at the Pentagon as the director of force development for the Joint Warfighting Capabilities Assessment. 

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