Soldier appears in court on rape charge


The victims are wives of deployed soldiers. Aaron M. Pernell allegedly raped one woman in front of her children and broke into the homes of two other women.

The 22-year-old allegedly told military officials that a voice in his head named Jason told him to commit the crimes.

The 82nd Airborne Division says the military has charged Pernell with two counts of rape, one count of attempted rape, one count of assault consummated by battery, two counts of burglary and one count of housebreaking.

He also is charged with six additional attacks, three each in Hoke County and in Fayetteville, between October 2008 and August 2009.

A hearing is set for July 26 and a court martial is scheduled for Aug. 23-27.

Pernell could face life in prison if he is convicted of rape in the military court system.

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