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Profiles of seven military reservists accused of prisoner abuse

WASHINGTON—Seven military reservists, members of the 372nd Military Police Company, are accused of mistreatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. One of the accused, Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, faces a special court-martial Wednesday. Three others are expected to face general courts-martial and will be arraigned Wednesday.

The accused are:

_Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, 24, of Hyndman, Pa., faces a special court-martial Wednesday on three charges: Conspiracy to maltreat detainees, maltreating detainees and dereliction of duty for negligently failing to protect detainees from abuse, cruelty and maltreatment. Sivits, a former factory worker trained as a mechanic, is married. He served in Bosnia in 2001 as part of the U.S. contingent there.

To be arraigned Wednesday:

_Sgt. Javal S. Davis, 26, of Maryland, faces five charges: Conspiracy to maltreat subordinates, maltreatment of detainees, dereliction of duty, assault and rendering "false official statements." Married with children, he sells power tools as a civilian, is a devout Baptist and a former high school athlete.

_Staff Sgt. Ivan L. Frederick II, 37, of Buckingham, Va., faces five charges: Conspiracy to maltreat subordinates and detainees, assault, dereliction of duty, maltreatment of detainees and "wrongfully committing an indecent act by watching detainees commit a sexual act." Married, he was a Marine before working in the Dillwyn, Va., state prison. He was planning to retire at the end of 2004.

_Cpl. Charles A. Graner, 35, of Uniontown, Pa., faces seven charges: Conspiracy to maltreat detainees; maltreatment of detainees; assaulting detainees; dereliction of duty for willfully failing to protect detainees from abuse, cruelty and maltreatment; committing indecent acts; adultery and obstruction of justice. A former Marine, he was a prison guard in Waynesboro, Pa. Graner is believed to be the father of the unborn child of Pvt. Lynndie England, another of the accused.

Awaiting arraignment:

_Spc. Sabrina D. Harman, 26, of Alexandria, Va., faces five charges: Conspiracy, dereliction of duty, cruelty and maltreatment, making a false statement and assault. She was an assistant manager at a pizza store in northern Virginia.

_Spc. Megan M. Ambuhl, 29, Centerville, Va., faces two charges: Conspiracy and dereliction of duty. A college graduate, Ambuhl worked as lab technician prior to enlisting in the Reserves after Sept. 11, 2001.

_Pfc. Lynndie R. England, 21, Fort Ashby, W. Va., faces four charges: Committing an indecent act, assault, conspiracy and committing acts "prejudicial to good order and discipline." She had an interest in meteorology, but joined the Reserves to see the world. Divorced, she's pregnant, reportedly by Cpl. Charles A. Graner.


Sources: Combined Joint Task Force, Armed Forces Information Service, The Baltimore Sun, The Guardian


(Compiled by researcher Tish Wells.)


(c) 2004, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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