The former top enlisted man for a Patriot missile unit at Fort Hood is now stripped of his rank and headed to jail, thanks to criminal charges related to an affair with a subordinate in 2021.
Sgt. Maj. Tomas Barrios was the command sergeant major for 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Regiment.
However, an affair has landed him a demotion to Master Sergeant and up to two months in confinement.
Barrios took a plea deal that would allow him to retire as an E-8.
According to Army Times, Barrios pleaded guilty to one specification of fraternization, two false official statements, and one specification of adultery.
In May of 2021, Barrios began “making deliberate and repeated comments and gestures of a sexual nature” towards an unnamed corporal, eventually beginning a sexual relationship.
The adulterous relationship consisted of sexting, nude photographs, and sexual encounters at Barrios’ home in Killeen, Texas.
Barrios then lied about the affair, which ultimately landed him in serious legal trouble.
According to the charge sheet, he made two false sworn statements.
He first lied in a sworn statement by denying the affair occurred and in a second by denying details of the relationship.
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