U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to be arraigned on charges including desertion

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
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FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled to appear before a military judge in North Carolina Tuesday on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.

Bergdahl disappeared in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years.

The Army recently announced that he will face a general court-martial on the charges.

If convicted, Bergdahl could get life in prison on the misbehavior charge and up to five years for desertion.

Bergdahl's May 2014 release in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay touched off a firestorm of criticism. Some in Congress accused President Barack Obama of jeopardizing the nation's safety.