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MCKINNEY INSISTS HE IS INNOCENT OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

Maintaining his innocence against sexual misconduct charges, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Gene McKinney says he will refuse to cut a deal with military prosecutors if that means admitting any wrongdoing.

"I am not pleading guilty to anything," he said Wednesday night on CBS' "Public Eye With Bryant Gumbel." "I continue to tell you that I am innocent of all these allegations and charges."

Sitting next to his wife, Wilhemina, McKinney didn't close the door to future negotiations, however.

"If the Army chooses to get rid of these charges in a different fashion, if that comes before me, then I will discuss those with my lawyers and make a decision from there," he said.

The McKinney interview was broadcast the same day his case moved within one step of a court-martial.

Six women have claimed that McKinney, the Army's top enlisted soldier, made sexual advances toward them.

All six testified at an eight-week hearing at Fort McNair to determine whether there was sufficient evidence for a court-martial.

Col. Owen Powell, commander of the Fort Myer Military Community, ordered the hearing and appointed Col. Robert Jarvis to preside.

Jarvis recommended that McKinney be court-martialed on 22 counts, including indecent assault, adultery and obstruction of justice, and sent his report to Powell for review.

Powell concurred with the recommendation and on Wednesday sent his report to Maj. Gen. Robert Foley, who will make the final decision on whether McKinney should stand trial.

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