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Former JBER soldier sentenced to 15 years for federal child sex crimes

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 27, 2019
  • Published November 27, 2019

A former soldier stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for the coercion and enticement of three underage girls.

U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason sentenced 28-year-old Robert Walls to 15 years in federal prison followed by supervised release for the rest of his life, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska said in a statement Wednesday.

According to federal prosecutors, Walls lied about his age and used social media apps to “meet, groom, and entice” underage girls to engage in sexual activity and make child pornography from winter 2017 to spring 2018. To get the underage girls onto base, Walls hid them in his vehicle and sneaked them into the barracks by using a first-floor window, the statement said.

He continued to contact underage victims after the Anchorage police searched his barracks, said the statement.

He was indicted in July 2018, the statement said. Prosecutors said a victim came forward to Anchorage police once she found out Walls’ age and his relationship with another minor.

Walls admitted to sexual activity with three underage girls, but a search of his social media activity suggested there are other unidentified victims, according to the statement. Additional victims are encourage to contact the Anchorage Police Department.