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Ft. Hood soldier sentenced to 2 years for sexual abuse of minor

Ethan Thomas Hays Ethan Thomas Hays
WACO, TX (KXXV) - A Fort Hood soldier who pleaded guilty to federal charges of sexual abuse of a minor has been sentenced to 2 years in federal prison and ordered to pay a fine.

U.S. District Judge Walter Smith sentenced Ethan Thomas Hays, 21, to 2 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release and ordered Hays to pay a $1,000 fine. He faced up to 15 years in prison for the charge.

Hays picked up a girl he met on the Internet from Illinois and hid her in his barracks on Fort Hood.

According to the indictment, Hays engaged in a sexual act with a 14-year-old girl he met online, after traveling to pick her up in Illinois. He is also accused of hiding her in his barrack on Fort Hood.

Hays was interviewed by an FBI agent on October 31, 2013 about the case, and Hays admitted he knew the girl was only 14. He also admitted that he had sex with the girl in his barracks after he found out she was only 14, on October 17, 2013 and for several days after.

The girl was also interviewed during the investigation and corroborated those facts.
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