Fort Carson investigates ‘several’ soldiers in sexual assault of girls

Published: July 24, 2013, 10:00 am

by tom roeder -

Fort Carson is investigating whether “several” soldiers sexually assaulted minors.

The post won’t release details on how many soldiers were involved and where the female minors were attacked. A post spokeswoman said Fort Carson is handling the investigation on its own, a possible indication that the incidents took place on the post south of Colorado Springs.

While the post won’t release details of what may have occurred, they are asking for public trust.

“We assure the community that the Army is taking this situation seriously and updates will be provided as information is made available,” the post said in a statement.
The military has been rocked this year by a rising tide of sexual assault in the ranks. A Pentagon study found as many as 26,000 troops may have been sexually assaulted in 2012.

At Fort Carson soldiers have been involved in a string of sexual assault cases over the past year. The most notorious case involves Lt. Aaron Lucas, who was charged in November with 21 counts of crimes against children, including luring and sexual assault.

In the latest case, post officials said no soldiers have been confined detained.

“The command is aware of the cases and is closely monitoring the investigations of these soldiers,” the post said in a statement. “At this time, no further details can be released as law enforcement investigations are still pending.”