LAWTON — A military judge has found a Fort Sill soldier guilty of sexual offenses against a child, the fifth soldier from the Army post to be convicted of sexual misconduct with a child since July 2012.
Sgt. Kristoffer R. Lenning was sentenced to 43 years confinement, reduction to the lowest rank and a dishonorable discharge.
The fort's leaders have previously declined to comment on the number of such cases.
However, in an emailed response Monday, a Fort Sill spokesman said “one assault is too many.”
“Fort Sill takes all sexual assault cases very seriously, and any assault case involving a minor is particularly heinous,” said Darrell Ames, director of public relations.
The statement attributed the spate of such cases to “the exhaustive work of Fort Sill investigators and prosecutors that are able to bring these cases before a military court expeditiously.”
The charges against Lenning, a five-year Army member, involved abuse of a girl between the ages of 12 and 16 that occurred on several occasions in or near Lawton between November 2010 and July 2011. The Oklahoman has a policy of not identifying sexual assault victims.
Lenning, who has been stationed at Fort Sill since January 2010, served with Headquarters and Service Battery, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery Regiment. His age was not available.
His two-day court-martial took place last week. He was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecent liberty with a child, sodomy and two specifications of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
The sentence still must be approved by the fort's commanding general, Maj. Gen. James “Mark” McDonald, who could lessen the punishment.