February 25, 1988
An Army private accused of deserting to the Soviet Union told the military judge in his court-martial he fled his West German base because he was harassed by his superiors and was told by his first sergeant to stop seeing his German girlfriend. Pvt. Wade E. Roberts testified on the first day of the court-martial at Ft. Dix, N.J. The 22-year-old serviceman from San Bernardino, Calif.
November 7, 1987 |
Military authorities here on Friday interrogated an American soldier who returned to the United States after defecting to the Soviet Union. Pvt. Wade E. Roberts, 22, of Riverside, Calif., has been in Army custody since his arrest Wednesday in West Germany. He defected in April but says he returned to the West because his West German girlfriend, Petra Neumann, is pregnant and he didn't want "to go around for the rest of my life having a charge from the United States hanging over my head."
October 27, 1987
Wade E. Roberts, the U.S. Army private who defected to the Soviet Union in April, said he is "country-hunting" after learning of East Germany's conditions for sheltering him. Roberts, 22, now living in Moscow with his West German girlfriend Petra Neumann, earlier said he had decided after a five-month stay in the Central Asian desert town of Ashkhabad that life might be better in East Germany. She is expecting a baby early next month.
November 11, 1987 |
A military magistrate ruled today that an Army soldier who defected to the Soviet Union should be detained at the Philadelphia Naval Yard brig for security reasons. In a 15-minute hearing here, magistrate Capt. Brenda Pifer said Pvt. Wade E. Roberts poses a risk of escape and could have knowledge about sensitive information. Roberts, 22, of Riverside, Calif., has been in Army custody since his arrest Nov. 4 in Europe. He was moved to Philadelphia on Sunday.
December 18, 1987
The Army ordered a general court-martial on a charge of desertion for a private who defected to the Soviet Union and then changed his mind and returned to the West. The order by Ft. Dix commander Maj. Gen. Rocco Negris overruled a recommendation for a lower-level prosecution made by an Army investigator who held a hearing last week into the case of Pvt. Wade E. Roberts.
August 9, 1987 |
An American army soldier who defected to the Soviet Union to be a snake handler in Turkmenia was married Saturday in Ashkhabad to his West German girlfriend. The official news agency Tass reported the wedding of Wade E. Roberts, formerly of San Bernardino, Calif., and Petra Neumann, formerly of Giessen, in a dispatch from Ashkhabad. In the past, however, Tass had referred to the couple as man and wife and quoted Neumann as saying she was expecting a baby.