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Officials expect Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion Officials expect Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion
WASHINGTON -

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army Sergeant who was held captive by the Taliban for 5 years, will be charged with desertion, according to a senior defense official.

The Army is expected to charge Sergeant Bergdahl for allegedly leaving his outpost in eastern Afghanistan in 2009 to avoid hazardous duty or important service.

According to one senior official, Bergdahl's actions go well beyond the lesser offense of AWOL, or absent without leave. The charges will apparently not allege that Bergdahl left with the intent never to return. 

Officials tell NBC news, that while a court martial could lead to imprisonment, it is likely that Bergdahl will be given consideration for the 5 years he spent in captivity. It is also likely that he will be permitted to leave the Army with a "less than honorable discharge." Bergdahl was released in exchange for 5 Guantanamo prisoners in may 2014.

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