Almost three years since the original incidents, the court-martial of a Florida-based Special Forces officer on domestic abuse and child endangerment charges began Monday in a Fort Bragg, North Carolina, courtroom.
Maj. Jason Sartori, 37, faces six counts of assault and two counts of child endangerment, stemming from multiple altercations with his wife while he was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group between October 2015 and April 2016, according to his charge sheet.
“[Mrs. Sartori] stated that she filed charges for domestic violence and was granted an injunction for domestic violence against Maj. Sartori in criminal court,” according to a 15-6 investigation provided to Army Times by someone familiar with the case. “She stated that a warrant was issued for Maj. Sartori’s arrest and he was jailed in Okaloosa County from 02 May to approximately 16 May 2016.”
The report was initiated after allegations came to light of Sartori’s numerous extramarital relationships with at least 10 women, two of whom told Army Times that he had sexually and physically assaulted them.
According to those women, former 7th Special Forces Group commander Col. Michael Ball declined to pursue rape and assault allegations they first brought to Army Criminal Investigation Command in late 2017.
“They’re going with a court-martial ― just nothing pertaining to me,” Jennifer O’Brien, one of the women, told Army Times in November.
Nor is adultery among the charges, despite the substantiated accusations ― some supported by graphic photo and written evidence ― of multiple inappropriate and adulterous relationships.