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Ex-Soldier Charged In Rape, Killings

 A 21-year-old former soldier has been arrested in Marion, North Carolina, and charged with killing four Iraqi civilians in March, when he was serving in Iraq.

Steven D. Green, who had been stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, with the 101st Airborne Division, was taken into custody Friday evening, the Army said Monday in a news release.

He is charged with killing an Iraqi man, two women and a girl, as well as raping one of the females, according to U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky and FBI Special Agent in Charge Tracy Reinhold of Louisville, Kentucky.

Green's initial appearance took place Monday in federal court in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was expected to be sent to Kentucky for further proceedings.

"The charges allege that on March 12, 2006, while stationed in Mahmoudiya, Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division, Green and three other individuals went to a house in the vicinity of Traffic Control Point 1, near Mahmoudiya, to rape one of the adult females living there," the Department of Justice said in a written statement.

"Green allegedly shot and killed an adult male, an adult female and a female child who were present in the house. The charges also allege that after participating in the rape of the second adult female, Green shot and killed her," the statement said.

Mahmoudiya is just south of Baghdad.

The Associated Press reported that according to an affidavit filed with the criminal complaint, Green was discharged "before this incident came to light. Green was discharged due to a personality disorder."

The affidavit, filed by FBI special agent Gregor J. Ahlers of Louisville, said at the home in Mahmoudiya, Green took three members of the family into a bedroom, after which shots were heard from inside. "Green came to the bedroom door and told everyone, 'I just killed them. All are dead,"' the affidavit said, according to the AP.

The affidavit is based on interviews conducted by the FBI and investigators at Fort Campbell with three unidentified soldiers assigned to Green's platoon.

Four members of the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division have had their weapons taken away and were confined to a U.S. base near Mahmoudiya, officials told the AP.

Allegations came out during stress debriefing

Army sources say the allegations came to light on June 23, when a soldier undergoing a stress debriefing said he had heard that other soldiers might have been involved in a rape and murder in March.

That soldier is from the 502nd, the same unit as the three soldiers involved in the checkpoint attack June 16 near Yusifiya. In that incident, Spc. David J. Babineau was killed, and two others -- Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca and Pfc. Thomas Tucker -- were abducted and later found dead. Soldiers in the unit were given stress counseling afterward.

The military said it interviewed a second soldier, who gave a report similar to the first. That soldier said he saw bloodstains on other soldiers' clothing and heard them conspire to commit such an act.

Both soldiers said they didn't witness the alleged incident.

Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general of Multinational Division-Baghdad, ordered the Army's Criminal Investigation Command to conduct the investigation, which was announced on Friday.

Military probes several alleged murders

The investigation is the latest in a series alleging U.S. forces killed civilians in Iraq.

Four Army soldiers have been charged with murder in the deaths of three Iraqi detainees during an operation in Salaheddin province in May. Seven Marines and a sailor also have been charged with murder for the death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdaniya in April.

In a case that has yielded no charges, the military is investigating allegations that up to eight Marines killed as many as 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November.

The investigation into the Mahmoudiya case is being carried out by the Army's Criminal Investigative Division in Iraq. The FBI is investigating in the United States.

The Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act allows for the civilian prosecution of crimes committed abroad by military members.

If convicted of murder, Green could face the death penalty. The maximum penalty for rape is life in prison. Green could also be fined $250,000 and sentenced to five years of supervised release for each count.

CNN's Jamie McIntyre and Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.

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