Jury acquits Fairbanks-based soldier accused of sex assault

Associated PressMay 3, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- A jury in Fairbanks has acquitted a 27-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier who was charged with sexually assaulting a woman February 2011 at the Frontier Lodge apartments.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the jury issued its not guilty verdict for Spc. Casey Bogenrief on Wednesday afternoon after it was unable to reach a decision on the lesser charge of misdemeanor assault.

During the trial, prosecutors said Bogenrief was set to deploy in a few days when he met the victim, who invited him to her apartment to have a drink and maybe sing karaoke. The soldier was accused of demanding to have sex with the woman and slamming her head against a door and trying to rape her.

Bogenrief's attorney says that if there was sexual contact it was consensual.

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