A Soldier's Secret

A portrait of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, soldier accused of Afghan massacre.
1:38 | 03/17/12

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Emerging portrait of that American soldier now behind bars in solitary confinement. Sargent Robert -- the American soldier accused of putting on those night vision goggles and then killing sixteen Afghan civilians mothers and children. We're now getting a look at him as a young man back in high school there -- Ohio that's his yearbook photo. And we're learning more about -- for tours of duty along with -- -- -- -- with his wife and his two children. ABC's Neal Karlinsky is outside the -- in Washington State where that American soldier was based Neil. David tonight Sargent Robert -- is in -- cell and a special unit at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. He's normally based right here at joint base Lewis -- but tonight it's his wife and kids who -- here for their own protection. -- the full story of who -- feel this is slowly revealed. Two very different pictures of 38 year old staff Sargent Robert -- are now coming into focus won the loving father of two. A family man who lived in this suburban home the other. A man with a series of minor scuffles with the law and frustrated with his military career -- -- announcement -- the guys. His wife Carolina public relations and marketing manager wrote in a blog in march of last year that. Bob didn't get a promotion and is very disappointed after all the sacrifices he's made for his love of country. But I am also relieved she writes we can finally move on to the next phase of our lives. And we house was recently listed for sale his wife writing that they hope to move closer to family in the midwest. You know he always had a good attitude about. Being in the service. He was never really angry about it. Growing up outside Cincinnati Ohio -- was up popular captain of his high school football team. Voted best dancer and most spirited. We felt that he needed something bigger as hard -- my heart and soul that's why when the military and general. Give it to help people. -- would serve a grueling four deployments spending three years of his life in combat in Iraq and earning more than -- -- -- medals and badges. Between war there was scattered trouble at home a misdemeanor arrest for assault in 2002. Led to twenty hours of court ordered anger management. There was also -- hit and run in 2008. And reported -- drunk driving arrest in 2005. For which he wasn't charged. And despite his lawyers claim of two serious combat related injuries in Iraq there was no record that deals -- ever awarded a purple heart. What really happened and why it's something everyone is really struggling to understand we should get some answers when charges in this case are filed possibly sometime soon.

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