William Lester Shawl III

William Lester Shawl III, 28, of Copperas Cove.

The Copperas Cove man accused of repeatedly abusing a young child was identified as an active-duty soldier Tuesday afternoon.

Fort Hood officials confirmed that the man arrested Monday by Copperas Cove police, William Lester Shawl III, is a staff sergeant with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

Cove police said their investigation revealed that 28-year-old Shawl sexually abused a young female child under the age of 14 multiple times over the span of a year.

Shawl is currently in custody in Coryell County Jail, according to jail records. His bail is set at $50,000.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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if the army would do better background checks, a lot of these incidents would not happen.[sad]

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