Army General pleads guilty for sexually assaulting daughter

Rape, A woman who is being overpowered
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A retired US Major General has pleaded guilty for sexually abusing his daughter in the 1980s.

Maj. Gen. James Grazioplene pleaded guilty in a Prince William County, Virginia, circuit court to aggravated sexual battery.

It was reported his daughter, Jennifer Elmore, turned 49 on Wednesday same day his father pleaded guilty.

The former officer has been in jail for approximately 18 months.

He is expected to be released and will serve 20 years of probation, according to Elmore’s lawyer, Ryan Guilds.

The counsel told CNN that “Jennifer cares more about the truth than the punishment”.

In 2015, Elmore first reported to Army authorities that her father repeatedly molested and raped her throughout her childhood.

The military launched an investigation and found enough evidence, even 30 years later to move toward a trial in 2017.

Two weeks before the trial, the military appeals court, against precedent, said a five-year statute of limitations existed for sexual assault in the military.

Elmore's case was subsequently dismissed from the military court.

She pushed for it to proceed in Virginia, where there is no statute of limitations for a felony offence.

Elmore speaking to the court said "At 3, he led me to the dark, dirty basement of my grandmother's house and put me on the washing machine and pleasured himself while molesting me.

At 8, he bought me a piano and insisted on taking me to piano lessons, all so he could park and take whatever sick pleasures that he so desired. The same horrors were occurring as he regularly insisted on bathing me. It took me until college to be able to use a bar of soap.

He stripped me of my dignity, my innocence, my value, my childhood and my voice. All of the things that a father is supposed to protect at the expense of his own life. I will spend a lifetime putting back the shattered pieces you left behind."

"Today was a win," Elmore told CNN. "But I'm extraordinarily sad. The way I feel right now is like an orphan."

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