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German NCO cleared of sexual assault

A 25-year-old senior NCO in the German army has been cleared of sexual assault after trying to kiss a teenage soldier in his car. 

The defendant wanted to be more than just friends with the complainant, but she wasn’t interested in a romance, a court in Detmold heard last week.

He had also been accused of degrading treatment of a subordinate stemming from the minor incident, which took place in barracks in Augustdorf.

Neither the defendant nor the complainant from the Bundes-
wehr has been identified in the German press.

The senior NCO had got along well with the 18-year-old private, who was from another company and with whom he carpooled.

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