Army colonel pleads guilty to child sex crimes, will be locked up for 8 years


A military judge in D.C. has sentenced 51-year old Col. James Laughrey to eight years confinement and dismissal from the Army.  The colonel, who was assigned to the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual abuse of a child and creating and possessing child pornography.

According to Army Times, Laughrey faced four charges, “with 19 specifications in all, most of them stemming from actions involving a minor child.” He faced up to 91 years confinement, total forfeiture of pay and allowances and dismissal, the Times reported.

Laughrey pleaded guilty to 10 specifications. The military judge who tried him alone, accepted  Laughrey’s plea, and the prosecuting attorneys dismissed the remaining charges and specifications.

Based on the charge sheets against him, Laughrey pleaded guilty to the following:

Touching his hands to the genitalia of a child under the age of 16; Knowingly and wrongfully creating “some amount” of child pornography on a digital camera and possessing “some amount” of child pornography on a laptop; Wrongfully taking pictures and video, over a two-day period, of an unnamed victim, whose breast was exposed; having sex with a married woman, near Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania.

Most of the charges listed on the sheet stem from crimes that Laughrey committed around 2009-2010.

He will likely end up serving out his confinement at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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