Phila. reservist faces rape trial

January 8, 2008 11:08:36 AM PST
An Army Reserve sergeant is on trial this week, accused of raping a female reservist in a barracks during training last year at Fort Indiantown Gap.

Robert Lee Shackelford is a member of the 233rd Quartermasters Company based in Philadelphia. Authorities say the 45-year-old from Dover, Del., assaulted the woman last March.

Lawyers for both sides gave opening statements Monday. Lebanon County prosecutor Megan Ryland-Tanner says the jury will hear from several dozen witnesses, including soldiers who saw or heard the attack.

Defense attorney Erin Zimmerer says there's no physical evidence that Shackelford raped the woman.

Information from: Lebanon Daily News,