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Military Sergeant is reduced in rank after trial's findings

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Fort Hood Master Sgt. Brad Grimes is now an E-7 after being reduced in rank in today's trial.

Army prosecutors found Fort Hood Master Sgt. Brad Grimes guilty of conspiracy to patronize a prostitute and solicitation to commit adultery at tonight's court marshal.

He was found not guilty of adultery and not guilty of patronizing a prostitute.

According to the defense attorney, Daniel Conway, these charges mean the jury believed he knew prostitution was involved, but that he did not have sex with the female private first class.

The female private claimed Sgt. Grimes met her at a La Quinta in Killeen in June and paid her for sex.

The female private said former Fort Hood sexual assault prevention officer, Sgt. McQueen, organized the meeting.

Sgt. Grimes also said he received the private's contact information through Sgt. McQueen.

The military panel listened to five witnesses; four of which were Criminal Investigative Division (CID) officers.

The other member was an employee at the Killeen La Quinta inn who testified Sgt. Grimes checked in to the hotel and paid in cash.  Video was played in court to confirm Sgt. Grimes checking into the hotel.

Prosecutors said Sgt. Grimes withdrew three hundred dollars cash prior to the La Quinta visit.  She testified and said was paid one hundred dollars.

After the incident, the female private was contacted by CID and granted immunity. She voluntarily cooperated with CID in a conducting a listening equipment device operation.

The CID set up the female private with a mike and had her record a thirty minute conversation with Sgt. Grimes. 

CID's goal was to get Sgt. Grimes to admit that he paid her for sex.  He never admitted to it.

Sgt. Grimes took to the stand after the verdict came down.  He said he is thankful that the military panel saw the truth and that he was sorry for the actions he did.

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