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Jewish soldier transferred after attack
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SAVANNAH — A Jewish Army trainee who was beaten at Fort Benning days after he complained of religious harassment is now training with a different unit at the Georgia post.

Fort Benning spokeswoman Monica Manganaro said Tuesday that 20-year-old Pvt. Michael Handman of Atlanta has been moved to a new battalion of about 900 soldiers to continue basic training. Manganaro said the decision to move Handman was unrelated to the beating, but she would not say why.

Handman was beaten Sept. 24 in a laundry room near his barracks. He had written letters to his parents complaining of religious harassment by drill sergeants, which prompted the Army to investigate.

Two drill sergeants have been reprimanded. The Army is still investigating the attack. No charges have been filed. Manganaro says investigators don't believe Handman's attacker was motivated by religious bigotry.

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