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US Soldier Pleads Guilty in Abu Ghraib Scandal


A U.S. soldier charged in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq has pleaded guilty to one count of dereliction of duty.

Military officials announced Tuesday that Army Specialist Megan Ambuhl entered her plea last Saturday at a summary court-martial in Baghdad.

Army officials also say she was demoted to private and docked half a month's pay.

The 30-year-old woman is the third soldier from a military police company in Maryland to plead guilty to charges stemming from the scandal.

Officials say she failed to prevent or report the abuse by other U.S. soldiers. She could have faced at least seven years in prison on other charges.

The scandal erupted in April when photographs of U.S. soldiers taunting and humiliating naked Iraqi prisoners became public, sparking worldwide condemnation.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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