Retired Army General Arrested & Accused Of Raping His Daughter For Years

“If I stay silent and the next person opts for that, and the next person opts for that, and the next person opts for that, where are we?” Jennifer Elmore said.

December 17, 2018
By: Catherine Townsend

James J. Grazioplene

Photo by: Prince William County Police

Prince William County Police

James J. Grazioplene

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA — A retired general with a distinguished military career has been arrested in Virginia after his daughter accused him of sexually abusing her for years, beginning when she was just three years old.

Retired Major General James J. Grazioplene, 69, has been investigated by the military after the Army charged him with rape and incest. But last year, the case was dismissed on a technicality, according to MSN.

Jennifer M. Elmore, 47, said in an interview with The Washington Post that she told the Army in 2015 that her estranged father had sexually abused her, beginning when she was only three years old.

She has stated that her first memory of the alleged abuse occurred when while she was sitting on a washing machine in her maternal grandmother’s home in upstate New York.

Eventually, it progressed and she said that Grazioplene began making “night visits” to her bedroom.

After Elmore moved away to attend college, she confided the alleged sexual abuse to several people – including a man she dated and Grazioplene’s younger sister Elizabeth Powley. Powley told The Washington Post that she confronted her brother, and that he admitted that he had abused Elmore.

Two of Elmore’s coworkers confirmed to The Post that she had talked to them about the abuse over the years.

Elmore decided to call Fort Bragg. When she arrived at the base, she brought letters written from her mother to her father’s sister that mentioned Grazioplene’s attempts to assault his daughter. Her mother wrote that she saw Grazioplene attempting to molest her daughter, but that she had “caught him before he got started.”

In 2017, the Army charged Grazioplene with violating Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice with six counts of rape of a minor on multiple occasions between the years 1983 and 1989.

But at a hearing last year in Fort Meade, Maryland, the case was dismissed because of a decision in another case — United States v. Mangahas — by the U.S. Court of Appeals that found that a five-year statute of limitations applied in the Mangahas case. The military judge ruled that the five-year limitation applied to Grazioplene’s case as well.

Grazioplene retired in 2005 after a 33-year military career that included stints as a commander within the 82nd Airborne Division and a senior staff positions at the Pentagon.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in Iraq. He later became a vice president at DynCorp International, but is no longer with the company.

Finally, on December 3, a grand jury in Prince William County indicted Grazioplene on multiple counts of rape and incest. He was arrested on December 7.

According to The Post, Elmore is now married and a senior vice president of a division of Wells Fargo that focuses on wealthy clients.

“Sometimes, it’s just easier to shut your mouth,” Elmore told The Post.She added: “But if I stay silent and the next person opts for that, and the next person opts for that, and the next person opts for that, where are we?”

The paper wouldn't normally identify a victim of sexual assault, but Elmore waived her anonymity in order to tell her story. Elmore has stated that she is grateful to the Army for pursuing her case. “I want to be heard,” she said. “I want to matter enough that the truth matters.”

Grazioplene has maintained that he is innocent of the charges. He and his lawyers have so far refused media requests for comment.

He is currently being held at the Prince William County jail, according to media reports. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 20.

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