DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR?

The first full-fledged Army court-martial stemming from the sex scandal at Maryland's Aberdeen Proving Ground begins this week, but three U.S. military personnel accused of sexual wrongdoing have already exacted the ultimate in self-inflicted punishment: suicide. Private Alan May, 22, hanged himself in his Aberdeen barracks on Jan. 4, three days before he was to face a rape charge. Staff Sergeant Michael Thompson, 31, of Fort Detrick, Maryland, took his life on Feb. 24, three days after being questioned by Army investigators about a female soldier's complaint that he had indecently assaulted her. The case involved a two-year-old incident that surfaced...

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