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UPDATE: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Not Expected to be Charged

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UPDATE: Military officials say there has been no decision on whether any criminal charges will be filed against the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner exchange.

The Army has a broad range of legal actions it can take against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, including various degrees of desertion charges.


 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.