Missouri charges dropped against 2 foreign officers
Saturday, January 18, 2014
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Pulaski County authorities have dropped charges against two foreign military officers who were training at Fort Leonard Wood when they were arrested.
The Rolla Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1azZr6k ) Mohammed Mahmoud Omar Mefleh, of Jordan, and Antoine Chela, of Lebanon, were charged in October with enticement of a child and harassment. Court records say the men allegedly approached a 12-year-old girl at a bus stop and asked her to enter their vehicle.
Pulaski County prosecutor Kevin Hillman said Friday the charges were dropped as part of an agreement that includes the men paying for their incarceration. Hillman says they were taken by Fort Leonard Wood officials, and he expects them to be out of the U.S. by Monday.
The men were taking courses at Fort Leonard Wood when they were arrested.
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