GI's Desertion Charge Stands

Associated Press

A military judge today refused to dismiss a desertion charge against a U.S. Army private who fled his post in West Germany and went to the Soviet Union with his pregnant girlfriend.

Pvt. Wade E. Roberts, 22, of Riverside, Calif., is being tried at a court martial on a charge that he deserted his Army base last winter and lived in the Soviet Union for eight months before returning to West Germany in November. Roberts' attorneys claim he is a target of discrimination because he chose to go to a communist country.

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