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JBLM: Soldier Accused of Blackmailing Teen Girls For Inappropriate Videos

The Washington State Patrol says the soldier, currently in Afghanistan, blackmailed girls into sending images of themselves topless, while others claim they used Skype and danced for the soldier in revealing clothing on a live video feed.

TACOMA, Wash.—Detectives from the Washington State Patrol Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) are investigating a soldier stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord involving allegations of possession/production of child pornography and extortion.

MCTEF detectives initiated the investigation in late April after a parent of a high school student alleged a soldier stationed at the South Sound base and currently deployed overseas was demanding nude photographs during online conversations.

The online conversations occurred via Facebook, and continued via texting and other online applications.  The investigation is focused on the distribution of child pornography and blackmail/extortion.

The investigation is still in the early stage, but the WSP has so far identified 10 victims ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old.  The girls the WSP has confirmed as victims so far are all students in the Pierce County area. While most of the allegations involve online activities, there are allegations that the suspect may have had in-person contact with several of the victims.

We are not identifying the suspect other than that he is a 24-year-old soldier from JBLM.  The online activities are alleged to have begun approximately 10 months ago before the soldier deployed overseas and continued while deployed in Afghanistan.  The U.S. Army CID is fully cooperating and assisting in the investigation.  The suspect’s computer access has been restricted and he is no longer a threat online.

The investigation continues, including identifying additional witnesses and potential victims and collecting other evidence.  Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call MECTF detectives at 360-704-2400.

MECTF is a multi-agency task force within the WSP comprised of detectives from the WSP and the Lakewood Police Department.  MECTF provides support to local agencies across the state in cases involving missing and abducted children and child exploitation.

Matthew May 07, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Ther is a lot of dishonesty in the Military today. Service men and women are doing things that were unheard of years ago. Years ago Soldiers of this nature would eventually get weeded out The system was set up that way. Most of these individuals would do several little things that esposed their real character. It seems that standards have dropped to very very low. Maybe it is due to a high number of National Guardsmen and women and reserves. They are really civilians and have not had the years of training discipline that real soldiers have., i worked with them when i was serving they wer quiet different than regular soldiers. U S Army retired.
Frank May 07, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Sorry, Matthew. You're so wrong about the National Guard it's absolutely amazing. The National Guard is comprised of the most educated and ethical men and women in the U. S. These warriors don't serve because they were required to but because of their deep sense of patriotism and love for our great country. They are asked to deploy for foreign and domestic service and serve without complaining. We miss birthdays, graduations, weddings and a myriad of other family functions because of our committment. I served in the Florida Air National Guard for 35 years while pursuing a career in the private sector, not because I had to but because I wanted to. Certainly there is occasionaly a bad apple; however, they are rapidly dealt with. Please don't get into the mind-set that the National Guard Warriors are less than career military members and have less training. Our training goes on throughout the year and our effectiveness and readiness is rated on an annual basis by and Operational Readiness Inspection conducted by the U. S. Air Force. Fail and your base has its doors shut. We have to be ready to deploy at a moments notice. As you can undoubtably see, I am very proud on my service to this great country. My only regret was that I had to leave at age 60 due to military regs. Had it not been for that, I would still be serving.
MG May 07, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I don't know Frank, I gotta say my experience is the same as Matthew's. I'm now retired, but I saw the same thing. It was mostly a paycheck thing with them and standards were pretty low. Don't know if that's changed in the past 13 months since I've been out but, there it is.
Frank May 07, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Evidently my unit had higher standards than your unit.
John Kozura May 07, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Matthew and MG, If we are going to spout generalities, maybe the problem is people from the NorthWest...Southerners wouldn't act that way. Of course that is not right. I served 8 years in the Texas Air National Guard, and I maintain that the Guard and Reserve have a much more difficult time trying to meet the demands of both military and civilian life than active duty soldiers and airmen. I worked for a large university as an I.T. Manager. They were fairly unhappy any time I needed to take time off (1 or 2 days) for military purposes. And as for longer deployments, they were off the table, as there was no one to cover for me. Needless to say, my military superiors were not happy with me having to "steal" a day here and there to complete my training and obligations in a patchwork fashion. I also feel like I was considered a "slacker" for not going on the relatively long deployments (weeks) that the unit sent planes on such as to Antarctica, Panama, Kenya, etc., during my enlistment. FYI, I was an Avionics Guidance and Control Systems Specialist in a C-130 unit. My son is full time active duty Air Force now, and I am glad that he is somewhat shielded from the civilian world. There is a lot less for him to have to worry about and try to balance that what I had to try to do.
John Mahoney May 07, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Blathering about the National Guard or the Reserves when it is an active duty soldier? Obviously you are on the weed.......
Kris May 07, 2012 at 09:45 PM
This is the base where all the murderers of civilians come out of. That post has a serious, serious issue that needs to be addressed. Relieve the command and start from scratch.
Frank May 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Please explain to the National Guard soldiers who have suffered griveous wounds and those that are still in harms way they're not active!
John Kozura May 11, 2012 at 07:53 PM
John Mahoney - I didn't bring up the topic. I was responding to it. No need to get personal. You are obviously the expert here. Please enlighten us as to why the Guard and Reserves have nothing to do with Active Duty personnel.... Guard and Reserves troops can't have much effect when nearly one out of two troops are guard and reserves can they? U.S. Armed Forces Composition 2011: Total Active 1,458,697 Total Guard and Reserve Components 857,261 OK, back to Call of Duty for your next promotion, and have Momma send down some chips and dip.

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