Former captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion

Army Sergeant and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty to "desertion and misbehavior before the enemy" at a military hearing at Fort Bragg on Monday, according to CNN.

Bergdahl left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban. He was released in a 2014 prisoner exchange for five Taliban prisoners.

Bergdahl, 31, told the judge that he “left [his] observation post on [his] own.”

“I understand leaving was against the law,” he said.

But Bergdahl also said he deserted his post to try and reach his dispatch base to report a "critical problem in my chain of command," CNN reported.

He didn’t say what the “critical problem” was.

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Bergdahl could get up to life in prison when he's sentenced by the military judge.

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