Fort Sill soldier is convicted of child sex abuse

The second of four Fort Sill soldiers facing recent but unrelated cases of sexual misconduct with a child was convicted at court-martial.
by Phillip O'Connor Modified: February 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm •  Published: February 6, 2013

McDonald has declined to comment on the spate of child sexual assault cases at the state's largest Army installation.

In July, Sgt. Jason Harrod was convicted on charges including aggravated sexual assault after he impregnated a teenage girl. Harrod was sentenced to 28 years' confinement, reduction to the lowest rank and a dishonorable discharge.

Pfc. Christopher P. Havlock is scheduled for trial in March while the court-martial of 1st Lt. Michael A. Chambers is set for April. Both face charges involving children under the age of 12.

In 2012, only 25 soldiers were court-martialed Armywide on sexual assault charges involving a victim younger than 12. Three were acquitted. Seventeen soldiers were tried last year in civilian courts on similar charges. Those convicted of sexual misconduct can be required to register as sex offenders.

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by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently...
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