CRESTVIEW, Fla. — A former support soldier with the Army's 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) has been acquitted of charges that he sexually assaulted two young girls at his Crestview residence two years ago.

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Robert L. Barnett III (U.S. Army photo)

A former Fort Bragg soldier has been demoted, dishonorably discharged and sentenced for deserting the military and producing and viewing child pornography, officials said Tuesday.

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An ethics instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of a child for trying to set up a meeting with a sheriff's deputy posing as a 14-year-old girl.

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Col. Daniel H. Wilson prepares to fire an M590 shotgun May 24 in the Central Training Area during a friendly marksmanship competition on May 22, 2014. (U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Adam B. Miller)

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Marine Col. Daniel Wilson was sentenced to 66 months behind bars in September 2017 after being convicted of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl. But today he's out of the brig, thanks to a rare military appellate provision invoked to overturn his conviction.

And the family of the alleged victim is calling on Congress to do something about it.

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A highly decorated retired Marine entered an Alford plea on Tuesday morning to three assault misdemeanors in exchange for prosecutors dropping or reducing several felony charges of child sex abuse.

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For years, military officials and lawmakers have acknowledged and tried to crack down on, sexual abuse of young boys by Afghanistan’s security forces. But a new Pentagon inspector general audit reveals that the well-known problem will require more than legislative gymnastics to address: U.S. Forces-Afghanistan only identified 16 allegations involving Afghan government officials between 2010 and 2016 — and barely did anything about them.

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