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Soldier sentenced for sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl

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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:30 am

A Fort Hood soldier who hid a 14-year-old girl in his barracks for several days in October was sentenced in federal court Wednesday.

Spc. Ethan Thomas Hays, 21, will serve two years in prison and pay $1,100 in fines, according to court records.

Hays pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a minor in January.

According to federal investigators, Hays left Fort Hood and traveled to Illinois, where he picked up the girl whom he met online.

Hays brought her back the installation Oct. 17, and the two engaged in a “sexual act.”

Hays hid her in his barracks room for several days, according to court records.

Hays told FBI investigators he was aware of the girl’s age.

Hays joined the Army in July 2010, and was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, at Fort Hood in December 2010, according to information from the Army Human Resources Command.

Hays served in Afghanistan from June 2011 to August 2012.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter S. Smith recommended that Hayes be incarcerated in the state of Washington, but did not specify a facility. After he serves his sentence, Hays also will serve five years probation, according to court records.

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