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10/4/2012 12:15 AM
By Associated Press

AP Newsbreak: Soldier denies stealing body armor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Fort Knox, Ky., soldier accused of selling military body armor says he legally bought and sold the ballistic plates online and says he didn't know it was military property.

Staff Sgt. Hunter Perry, 30, faces a court-martial Wednesday and Thursday at the Army installation on two specifications of selling military property and two specifications of larceny of military property.

Perry is accused of selling plates and other military items on numerous occasions, according to information provided by Fort Knox spokesman Patrick Hodges.

He is accused of selling a tactical body vest, small arms protective insert plates and plate carriers while assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, between 2008 and 2009. He is also accused of selling ballistic plates and plate carriers, night vision goggles and personal locator beacons while at Fort Knox in 2010.

Perry doesn't deny selling the plates but said he bought them from other individuals online. He said they had no markings to indicate they were military property.

"Nothing was ever issued to me or taken from any Army inventory, company supply or anything," he said of the body armor.

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