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Fort Hood Soldiers Arrested In Prostitution Sting

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By Debbie Gregory.

A sting conducted by the Bell County Sheriff’s Department resulted in the arrests of 13 Fort Hood soldiers who now face charges of solicitation of prostitution.

The men responded to online ads offering sexual service in exchange for money. The locations and times were arranged via text messages.

The soldiers, who were among 20 individuals arrested in the operation, ranged in rank from private to major. Each soldier has been released on bond, ranging from $1,500 to $2500.

“Allegations such as these are taken seriously as they run counter to Army values,” Tom Rheinlander, director of Fort Hood Public Affairs, said in a statement. “As always, we are supportive of local authorities and will cooperate fully. Fort Hood will refrain from commenting further given that this is an ongoing investigation.”

The men have been charged with solicitation of prostitution and two may face felony charges for specifically responding to ads for prostitutes under the age of 18.

Although solicitation of prostitution is a misdemeanor with a punishment ranging from a fine to jail time, the soldiers could face additional punishment or adverse impacts on their military careers.

Pandering and prostitution is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which, if found guilty at court-martial, could result in a maximum penalty that includes a dishonorable discharge and a year of confinement.

The soldiers arrested were identified as:

Sgt. Carlos Castillo, 1st Cavalry Division

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ernest Grant, Warrior Transition Unit

Staff Sgt. Natalion Seymour, 2nd Chemical Battalion

Staff Sgt. Kendrick Davis, 57th Signal Battalion

Master Sgt. Stanley Ervin, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command

Pvt. Xavier Horne, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment

Warrant Officer 1 Gregory Hughes, 1st Combat Service Support Battalion

Maj. Donta White, 89th Military Police Brigade

Spc. Jimmie Joiner, 3rd Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment

Pfc. Adrian Upshawn, 3rd Cavalry Regiment

Sgt. Michael Culpepper, 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment

Spc. Christopher John Webster, III Corps

Joseph Bartolomei

Dontae Johnson

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Military Not Immune to Ashley Madison Hack: Military Connection

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By Debbie Gregory.

Hackers released compromising details on thousands of military personnel who were users of the adultery website AshleyMadison.com.

The registered email addresses, names, addresses and phone numbers and financial information submitted by users of the website that promotes marital affairs, were part of a recent data dump by hackers who stole the sensitive personal information.

There are 6,788 us.army.mil addresses, 1,665 navy.mil ones, and 809 usmc.mil. It is thought that many of these email addresses may well be fake, as the site does not verify them during sign up.

The Defense Department couldn’t immediately confirm whether the military domains were valid.

“We are aware of the reporting,” Army Lt. Col. Joe Sowers, a spokesman at the Pentagon, said on Wednesday in an email. “However, we do not keep service email addresses centrally located. Confirmation of the emails would have to be handled by the services.”

Many of the email addresses appear to be suspect, erroneous or outright fake. For example, false domains include “yahoo.mil,” “us.ary.mil” and even “fakemail.gov.” Other addresses appear to be old and likely no longer in use. For instance, 127 addresses are registered to “gimail.af.mil” — a service phased out by the Air Force in 2010.

Simply having an account with the site might not be enough for a military prosecution. It could, however, land some people in hot water with their employers.

Using a .mil email account or computer to access pornography or to register on sites like AshleyMadison.com is prohibited by Defense Department regulations. Violators can be prosecuted under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Adultery is against the Code of Conduct for members of the armed forces.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said the Pentagon is investigating.

“Of course it’s an issue because conduct is very important,” Carter said. “And we expect good conduct on the part of our people. The services are looking into it and as well they should be– absolutely.”