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McKinney faces court-martial on Jan. 6

As his trial date was set, Army's former top enlisted man told a military judge Thursday he is innocent of sexual misconduct charges.

Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney stood straight in a military courtroom as a prosecutor read 20 counts of sexual harassment, assault and making threats on female subordinates. The court-martial was set for Jan. 6.He asked for a trial by a panel of officers and enlisted personnel. The panel must have at least five members, and two-thirds of the panel must vote to convict him.

McKinney did not speak other than to answer questions from Col. Ferdinand Clervi, the judge hearing the case, until Clervi asked, "How do you plead?"

Although not required to enter a plea at the hearing, McKinney answered, "Not guilty, sir," before the judge had finished speaking.