Texas soldier suspected of multiple sexual assaults

FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — A Fort Hood soldier is being held in jail on suspicion of multiple sexual assaults at the U.S. Army installation.

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said the 29-year-old soldier, whose name has not been released, was assigned to the 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade. The soldier was detained earlier this month on October 2 after allegedly sexually assaulting a fellow soldier.

The suspect is now being held at the Bell County Jail, the department told KXAN. The CID did not specify what the soldier was accused of, but they were also linked to previous attacks.

The CID said in July that special agents had found commonalities between the unsolved investigations but had not been able to connect the crimes at the time. At that time, Fort Hood was taking steps to strengthen the safety and security of the installation.

CID said these safety efforts include:

  • safety briefings;
  • training on how to report suspicious activity;
  • self-defense classes for women;
  • barracks inspections for safety equipment and procedures;
  • and the introduction of investigative tools that helped identify the suspect in this case.

“We continue to work with leaders throughout Fort Hood to build safety awareness and will pursue all cases of sexual assault,” said CID Special Agent Maria Thomas. “Army CID thoroughly investigates every report of an alleged sexual misconduct-level crime and follows up on every available lead.”

Any criminal or suspicious activity can be reported online to Army CID.

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