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Fort Wainwright soldier charged with rape of a child

A 28-year-old soldier at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks has been charged with raping a child and providing alcohol to a minor, according to a U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson.

The charges were filed against Spc. Nicholas Marcum on March 5. He is accused of raping a child "by using force" on May 14 of last year, said John Pennell, U.S. Army Alaska spokesperson, in an email Monday. The child was at least 12 years old, but not older than 15, he said.

Marcum is also accused of providing alcohol to a minor on the same day, Pennell said.

"Both of these events allegedly occurred on Fort Wainwright," he said.

Marcum is assigned to the 9th Army Band at Fort Wainwright. He joined the Army in April 2012 and attended basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He attended advanced individual training at the U.S. Army School of Music in Virginia, Pennell said.

Marcum reported to Alaska in September 2012, according to Pennell. He was not in pre-trial confinement Monday, Pennell said.

A court martial is scheduled to begin July 8 at Fort Wainwright, Pennell said. Pennell said no other details on the case would be released until it went to trial.