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Ex-Lewis soldier convicted of child rape

A former Fort Lewis soldier could spend more than two years in prison after convictions for child rape and furnishing liquor to a minor stemming from a December 2008 incident in Pacific County.

Here’s the press release:

Ft. Lewis Soldier Convicted of Rape of a Child in the Third Degree and Furnishing Liquor to a Minor.

After a three-day jury trial which ended on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, former Army enlisted man William N. Valdiviez, of Houston, Texas, was convicted of one count of Rape of a Child in the Third Degree and one count of Furnishing Liquor to a Minor, in the Pacific County Superior Court.

In December, 2008, Mr. Valdiviez, then 25 years of age, who was in the U.S. Army at the time, was vacationing with family members at the Surfside Inn in Ocean Park, Washington. His grandparents had flown in from Texas along with three of his cousins, including the victim in the case, age 14. The purpose of the trip was for the family to visit with William, who was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington; to celebrate the holidays; and also to celebrate the victim’s 15th birthday. She was to turn 15 on December 25, 2008. Mr. Valdiviez’s girlfriend from Tacoma, Washington, was also in Pacific County for the vacation, as was Mr. Validiviez’s mother, his step-father, and his half-sister.
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Local links, March 18

Agence France-Presse reports the upcoming big offensive in Kandahar has already begun. The article also makes a minor reference to the work of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which is tasked with clearing the highways around Afghanistan’s second city.

Other local links:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Brothers found safe after Amber Alert [The News Tribune]
Salem police arrest father in child abduction case [Statesman-Journal]
Amber Alert called off after boys turned over to police [The Columbian]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Sergeant’s father notes ‘time to cry’ [The News Tribune]

3rd Brigade,

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Local links, Nov. 24

Stars and Strips caught up with the Washington National Guard soldiers fighting roadside bombs in Afghanistan. The 741st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion left in April; they’re now working as Task Force Paladin.

Other local links:

I Corps/Multi-National Corps-Iraq
Lewis Bound: I Corps Analytical Element Completes Year-long Tour [DVIDS]

Washington service members
Family mourns death of soldier [Joplin Globe]
Memorial funds set up locally to honor soldier killed in Afghanistan [Joplin Globe]

Fort Lewis
Police: Soldiers Accused Of Home Invasion Sparked By Divorce [KIRO-TV]

62nd Medical Brigade
Medical colonel deploys

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Alleged gunman’s link to Fort Lewis

We’ve received a few e-mails about why the soldier accused of killing five American troops at a stress clinic in Baghdad might be tried here at Fort Lewis, especially given that he served with a Germany-based engineer battalion.

Here’s the answer:

Sgt. John Russell was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion when he deployed to Iraq. When the unit arrived, it was attached to Fort Lewis’ 555th Engineer Brigade.

After Russell allegedly killed the five service members on May 11, he was assigned to the Triple Nickel headquarters and placed in pretrial confinement in Kuwait. When the brigade headquarters

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