Fort Polk soldier pleads guilty to sexually abusing a pre-teen

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:21pm

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Eric Britton, 19, of Fort Polk, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi to sexually abusing a minor.

According to the evidence presented at the guilty plea, Britton admitted that on July 20, 2012, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old female at an unoccupied residence on the Fort Polk military base.

As a result of his guilty plea, Britton faces up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release for sexual abuse of a minor. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. Sentencing has been set for January 9, 2014.

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy is prosecuting the case.


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