Ivan Frederick II (born 1966/67), called Chip Frederick, of Buckingham County, Virginia, is a former Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. He was the highest in rank of the seven U.S. military police personnel who have been charged with torturing prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, all of whom were members of the 372nd Military Police company. He was the senior enlisted soldier at the prison from October to December 2003.
Prior to his deployment to Iraq, Frederick was a corrections officer at Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Virginia. His wife, Martha, also works there. It was members of Frederick's family who gave the incriminating photos (alt) to 60 Minutes.
The charges included taking part in the incident in which a prisoner had wires attached to his hands and forced to stand on a box, where he was told that if he stepped off the box he would be electrocuted. Frederick was also charged with forcing nude prisoners into a pyramid, forcing a prisoner to masturbate in front of other prisoners and guards, and forcing a prisoner to place his face into the pubic region of another prisoner, simulating oral sex. A witness testified that he saw Frederick hit prisoners, and saw him watching prisoners performing a simulated sex act.
Frederick was the most senior Abu Ghraib guard to be charged, although Charles Graner is frequently described as being the ringleader. Frederick said that he was ordered to commit the offenses by his acting battalion commander. The reference is not clear, but at one time Lt. Col. Ronald Chew temporarily replaced the regular 320th Military Police Battalion commander (Lt. Col. Jerry Phillabaum) at that facility.
On October 20, 2004, Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick pled guilty to conspiracy, dereliction of duty, maltreatment of detainees, assault and committing an indecent act in exchange for other charges being dropped. He was sentenced to eight years in prison, forfeiture of pay, a dishonorable discharge and a reduction in rank to private. He was paroled on October 1, 2007 and released from prison.
Professor Philip Zimbardo testified for the defense but to no avail.
As of September 2006, the original website was no longer active. When Frederick pleaded guilty they took the site down.
As of January 2007 the website had been bought out by a cyber-squatter.