An Army judge advocate who previously served as a prosecutor on sexual assault cases will face a court-martial, according to a Tuesday release from Military District Washington.
The charges stem from a romantic relationship in 2016 with another Army attorney. The alleged victim reported that what began as a consensual relationship of rough sex and domination-submission turned criminal.
Hockenberry is accused of holding a knife to the victim’s throat, choking her and forcing her to have sex without a condom, violating an explicit rule she had set forth.
Sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces remains pervasive despite the military’s attempts to eradicate sex crimes from the ranks, according to a new report by a Senate Democrat who has been critical of the Pentagon’s efforts.
“The accused may think that this was a game or it was role-playing, but it’s not a game — it’s an assault,” prosecutor Lt. Col. Carol Brewer said at the end of a multi-day preliminary hearing in January.
The case hinges on whether Hockenberry knowingly and deliberately violated the terms of their relationship in an attempt to brutalize his partner.
“At the outset, she knew exactly what the relationship involved,” civilian defense attorney William Helixon said in January.