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State Patrol arrests soldier accused of using Internet to exploit underage girls while deployed

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Sep. 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
September 10, 2012 5:21 pm

A JBLM soldier accused of using “fear tactics” to get illegal pictures and video from teenage girls was arrested this afternoon after the Washington State Patrol learned he had returned from an overseas deployment.

The suspect, 24, was booked into Pierce County Jail for investigation of Possession of Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, Communication With A Minor for Immoral Purposes, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and Extortion, according to the State Patrol.

The eight alleged victims are between 15- and 17-years-old.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects until they have been formally charged.

The Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force began investigating the allegations in late April, after a parent of one of the girls contacted law enforcement.

The Task Force found that, in addition to the online activity, there were two times when the suspect allegedly met with girls in person.

Money, gifts and “fear tactics,” were used to get the photos and videos, the State Patrol said.

Information on the suspect’s computer showed other potential victims, the State Patrol said.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 360-704-2400.

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