Alva Joe Gwinn

A Fort Hood soldier and Killeen resident was arrested Friday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department with assistance from the Killeen Police Department, Boise Idaho Police Department and Fort Hood’s Criminal Investigation Division.

Justice of the Peace G.W. Ivey issued a warrant for 37-year-old Alva Joe Gwinn on Thursday and set a bond of $100,000 in June.

In February, the Bell County Sheriff’s Special Crimes Unit received a report of a sexual assault from Child Protective Services stating that a 12-year-old female reported she had been assaulted in her home sometime in November 2011. Investigators learned the victim was now living in another state and the suspect was stationed overseas. In March 2016, Gwinn returned to Fort Hood and was interviewed by investigators.

As the investigation continued in May, Gwinn barricaded himself in a house in Killeen, threatening to shoot himself if the investigation was not discontinued. After several hours, he surrendered to Killeen police and was transported to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood for evaluation.

In June, Bell County sheriff’s investigators presented the case to the Bell County district attorney’s office. Gwinn remained in jail as of Friday afternoon. | 254-501-7554

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