Soldier caught abusing wife went AWOL, given numerous UCMJ charges

The Ft. Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield soldier seen in a viral video yelling obscenities and abusing his wife at a Georgia mall has been charged, according to military officials.

Officials told WJCL on Thursday that PV2 Chance Johnson is charged with domestic violence, disorderly conduct, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, willfully disobeying a superior noncommissioned officer, absence without leave and failure to report.

Johnson’s wife, Karen, reached out to Popular Military defend her husband, claiming she was not abused by her husband. She claims her husband was using a self-defense move.

“Self defense teaches you that move to stop someone from touching you,” she wrote. “I wasn’t hurt in any way.”

In the video, Johnson berated several women and twisted his wife’s arm in a fit of rage outside of the Oglethorpe Mall in Savannah.

“He kept throwing up the race card and being disrespectful and ‘b— that and b— this,’” De’Minka Spaulding told WSAV after the incident, which was caught on film by one of her friends. “So, we start arguing back and forth I didn’t know what else to do because he started taking his anger out on his wife.

A native of Greeneville, Tennessee, Johnson did not have a deployment patch or combat badge on his uniform at the time of the assault, and it is unknown if he saw any combat.

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