30,000 Army kids abused, 18,000 die, in hidden epidemic

While the Army’s intense public attention has been focused on suicides, domestic violence and sex assaults in the ranks, Liyah is part of an epidemic of child abuse inside the Army so under the radar that even top brass were unaware of its scope and an alarming spike in cases. Nearly 30,000 children have suffered abuse or neglect in Army homes over the past decade, an Army Times investigation shows. Beatings, torture and starvation claimed the lives of 118 Army children. More than 1,400 children were subjected to sexual abuse.

Read the full report in the Aug. 5 issue of Army Times.

A convicted molester

Spc. Joseph Allsop, 29, was sentenced in February 2012 to two life sentences for the sexual assault and murder of his 5-month-old daughter Jade at Fort Hood.

Allsop wasn’t a suspect in Jade’s death until he was accused — and confessed to — molesting a boy, a 7-year-old family member.

The coroner ruled that Jade’s 2005 death was due to “undetermined causes.” But the molestation confession led investigators to learn that when Allsop was 14, he was convicted of molesting a 9-year-old boy in Oregon, according to Shaina Allsop. She said he was supposed to be a registered sex offender.

When Shaina Allsop learned of her husband’s sordid history, she urged investigators to reopen Jade’s unexplained death.

Jade Allsop was home with her dad when she stopped breathing and was rushed to the hospital. She was revived once in the ambulance, but died soon thereafter.

Allsop soon wrote a 12-page confession, admitting to molesting Jade, the 7-year-old relative and several other children. When the police confronted Allsop about Jade’s death, his wife said, he admitted that he sexually suffocated her.

Read the full report in the Aug. 5 issue of Army Times.

Sergeants first class face biggest QSP screening yet

Selection boards that meet in October to recommend sergeants first class for promotion will do the biggest retention screening yet under the Qualitative Service Program.

The QSP reviews apply to sergeants first class of the Regular Army and the Active Guard and Reserve who meet these criteria:

Promoted to sergeant first class Oct. 23, 2009, or earlier.

Entered active service Oct. 23, 1988, or later.

Soldiers will not be considered by the QSP boards if they are in promotable status to master sergeant or have an approved retirement as of Oct. 11.

Get all the details in this week’s Army Times, on sale now.

Staff sergeant cited for heroism in Afghan battle

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced July 26, making him the second soldier to be honored with the nation’s highest valor award for actions during a fierce October 2009 battle in Afghanistan.

The ceremony is Aug. 26 at the White House. He will be inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes on Aug. 27. Carter, who was a scout assigned to B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, is credited with braving fierce enemy fire to treat and carry a fellow soldier to safety during one of the largest, most vicious battles against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Find out more in the latest Army Times.

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