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US Army charges Travis King with desertion for crossing into North Korea: Report

Army private Travis King, who bolted to North Korea earlier this year, has been charged with a host of crime from the U.S. ranging from desertion to possessing child pornography, according to a report from Reuters.

King faces eight total charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which also include making false statements and disobeying superior officers.

American soldier Travis King

This undated photo shows Travis King, the American soldier who officials say currently is being detained in North Korea. (Facebook)

According to Reuters, the Army has charged him of broad misconduct prior to his escape to North Korea, including a previous attempted escape from U.S. military custody in October 2022. 


King was flown to a military hospital in Texas on Sept. 28 for medical and mental health evaluations.

Details are still scarce about King’s treatment in North Korean custody and the soldier has not publicly explained why he fled to one of the world’s most reclusive nations.

Reuters, Timothy Nerozzi and Liz Friden contributed to this report.

Sarah Rumpf-Whitten is a writer on the breaking news team for Fox News Digital. You can reach her on Twitter at @s_rumpfwhitten.


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