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A former soldier was convicted on Tuesday of sexually abusing a minor while on base Fort Polk, Louisiana.

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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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Col. Daniel Wilson is a 36-year decorated Marine Corps officer with combat  in two wars — Persian Gulf and Iraq — under his belt. Now, Wilson will spend the next five and a half years in prison for sexually abusing the six-year-old daughter of a subordinate.

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A significant portion of court-martial proceedings for Marine Corps personnel since the start of 2017 have included charges involving the sexual abuse of children, according to Department of Defense data reviewed by Task & Purpose, further detailing the growing scourge of child sexual abuse that’s marred the armed forces in recent years.

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