Month after month, year after year, Sgt. 1st Class James D. Gallup repeatedly molested a preteen girl, military prosecutors alleged.
Friday, Gallup became the second of four Fort Sill soldiers facing recent but unrelated cases of sexual misconduct with a child to be convicted at court-martial. Less than four dozen such prosecutions occurred Armywide last year.
The charge against Gallup involved abuse that occurred between January 2009 and December 2011 when the girl was about 9 or 10 years old, according to testimony during the two-day trial. The Oklahoman has a policy of not identifying sexual assault victims.
A military judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, sentenced Gallup to 18 months confinement and a bad conduct discharge.
Agents with Fort Sill's Criminal Investigation Division first interviewed Gallup, whose age was not available, last May after allegations surfaced. Gallup, a platoon sergeant in A Battery, 1st Battalion, 78th Field Artillery, was removed from his position in the training unit over his objections, according to his battalion commander.
Prosecutors unsuccessfully sought to convict Gallup of rape, which carried a maximum sentence of 20 years' confinement.
Gallup pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of aggravated sexual contact with a child. The sentence still must be approved by the fort's commander, Maj. Gen. James “Mark” McDonald, who could lessen the punishment.