Two Afghan refugees charged with crimes while at Fort McCoy
FORT McCOY, Wis. (WKBT) – A federal grand jury indicted two male Afghan refugees with crimes while at Fort McCoy Wednesday.
According to a news release from the federal court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 20-year-old Balrullah Noori is charged with three counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor, one of which alleges the use of force, as well as another count alleging attempting a sexual act with a minor.
The other, 32-year-old Mohammad Haroon Imaad, is being charged with assaulting his spouse by strangling and suffocating her.
Both men are being detained at the Dane County Jail in Madison and are scheduled for arraignment on Thursday.
Noori’s first indictment contends that, on or about Sept. 11, he allegedly “knowingly attempted to engage in a sexual act with another person using force against that person, specifically, Victim-1, who had attained the age of 12 years but had not attained the age of 16 years and was at least four years younger than the defendant. “
Noori’s second indictment alleges that, between, on or about Aug. 25 and Sept. 11, he “engaged in a sexual act with another person, Victim-2, who had attained the age of 12 years but had not attained the age of 16 years and was at least four years younger than the defendant.
“Specifically, at night in a barrack at Fort McCoy, the defendant touched Victim-2’s genitalia under Victim-2’s clothing,” according to the indictment.
Noori also touched Victim-2’s genitalia under Victim-2’s clothing during the day in a bathroom at Fort McCoy and at night in a bathroom, the indictment alleges.
If convicted, Noori faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison on the charges alleging use of force, and a maximum sentence of 15 years for the other two charges.
Imaad faces a maximum sentence of 10 years if he is convicted.
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