EGLIN AFB — A court-martial begins Monday for a 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) officer who faces six counts of assault and two counts of violating a catch-all provision of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Meanwhile, Maj. Jason Sartori also is involved in a federal civil dispute he filed against his ex-wife over emails she found on his computer. According to a March 2018 filing in U.S. District Court in Pensacola, the emails apparently showed Sartori was engaged in marital infidelities. The filing indicates the emails were shown to an Army investigator, and "may have ... affected his (Sartori's) career with the Army ... ."
A December filing specifically references the court-martial. The filing, seeking an extension of court deadlines, notes Sartori is "party to a General Court Martial projected for trial in late January 2019." The document notes both Sartori and his ex-wife "believe there is likely evidence resulting in that trial for possible use in (the civil lawsuit.)"
Sartori also is involved in a federal lawsuit he filed against the Army alleging an improper response to a Freedom of Information Act request. Sartori made the request after the Army initiated an internal investigation.
It's not abundantly clear whether that investigation was related to the court-martial. A January filing notes only that "(o)n about September 1, 2016, the United States Army conducted an internal investigation of Plaintiff (Sartori) based on allegations of misconduct ... ."
According to court filings, Sartori began serving in the Army in 2004 and has deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq as a special forces officer.
Regarding the court-martial, details of Sartori's alleged offenses weren't forthcoming Thursday from Maj. Beth Riordan, director of public affairs for the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Sartori's court-martial will be held.
Asked via email what Sartori is alleged to have done, Riordan responded that the court-martial "will examine the circumstances behind the charges against Maj. Sartori, and in order to protect trial integrity, I cannot provide this information."
Riordan confirmed Sartori was part of the 7th Group when the offenses occurred, but would not provide specific dates "in an effort to protect trial integrity." She said Sartori "is still assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)."
According to the Fort Bragg court-martial docket, Sartori is charged with six violations of UCMJ Article 128, which addresses assault and aggravated assault. Depending on severity of the assault, punishment for an Article 128 violation can include dishonorable discharge and jail time.
Sartori also is facing two counts of violating Article 134, which covers offenses that, among other things, harm "good order and discipline ... ." Article 134 covers more than 50 offenses, the most serious of which can be punished with jail time.