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Former drill sergeant accused of sexually assaulting female soldiers

FILE - In this Feb, 18, 2011 file photo a vehicle drives out of the Sverdrup Gate of Fort Leonard Wood near Rolla, Mo. Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, a former drill sergeant at the base, was accused Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at a pretrial hearing at the post of sexually assaulting several female soldiers during the past three years, including at least one while he was deployed in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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FILE - In this Feb, 18, 2011 file photo a vehicle drives out of the Sverdrup Gate of Fort Leonard Wood near Rolla, Mo. Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, a former drill sergeant at the base, was accused Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at a pretrial hearing at the post of sexually assaulting several female soldiers during the past three years, including at least one while he was deployed in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - An army staff sergeant based in Missouri is accused of sexually assaulting several female soldiers since 2011.

The Washington Post reports that Staff Sgt. Angel Sanchez appeared at a pretrial hearing at Fort Leonard Wood on Wednesday and could face a court-martial later this year.

Military prosecutors allege that Sanchez used his position as a drill sergeant on the army post to threaten some of the women he's accused of assaulting.

Tiffany Wood, a Fort Leonard Wood spokeswoman, says Sanchez is accused of sexually assaulting four women and assaulting eight others by touching them inappropriately.

Several of the women testified at Wednesday's hearing.

Sanchez's lawyer, Ernesto Gapasin, told the paper "there are a lot of issues with the credibility of the witnesses and the government's case."

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