Soldier sentenced for sexual assaults of children at Fort Bliss

Carl Monroe Gordon (Mylife.com)

Aaron Martinez

El Paso Times

An Arkansas man was sentenced to 50 years in prison after being convicted in the sexual assaults of two girls while at Fort Bliss.

Carl Monroe Gordon, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was sentenced Thursday on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, two counts of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of abusive sexual contact with a child, according to officials with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.

“Perhaps the most concerning cases that my office investigates involve the violation of children by those responsible for their care,” U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas Ashley C. Hoff said in a statement. “The details of this case are alarming. Equally unfathomable is the heroic effort of these children who stepped forward to ensure that this individual would not be able to victimize others. Today’s sentence reflects the dedication of prosecutors and law enforcement within the Western District of Texas to vigorously pursue justice in these cases.”

Gordon also was sentenced to supervised release for the remainder of his life after serving his prison term. He also was ordered to pay $20,000 to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Fund.

The sentences were handed down by U.S. Judge David C. Guaderrama.

Gordon, 50, was convicted by a jury May 7.

He was convicted of sexually assaulting two children at Fort Bliss between Christmas 2018 and July 2019.

Court records do not state whether Gordon was a soldier stationed at the post. Fort Bliss officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Gordon was the stepfather of the two girls he was convicted of sexually assaulting, according to a complaint affidavit.

An investigation into Gordon began when one of the girls, who was 13 when she reported the incident, told her mother about the assaults, the affidavit states.

The girl’s younger sister, 12 years old at the time the incidents were reported, also came forward and told investigators she also had been sexually assaulted by Gordon, according to the affidavit.

Testimony during the trial alleged Gordon had sexual contact with one of the minors for many years beginning when the child was 7 years old, officials said.

An “extensive investigation” by federal law enforcement revealed Gordon had engaged in a pattern of sexually abusing minor children for nearly three decades, with incidents occurring in Arkansas, California, Tennessee and Texas.

No information was released on whether Gordon faces charges in connection with any of those incidents.

Gordon was arrested Dec. 22, 2019, in connection with the sexual abuse committed at Fort Bliss.

He was arrested at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport when he was returning to the U.S. from a work assignment in Baghdad, Iraq, officials said.

No information was released on what the work assignment was related to.

He has remained in federal custody since his arrest.

“The partners of the FBI El Paso Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Task Force worked tirelessly to ensure this defendant will never intimidate, coerce or victimize a child again,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey said in a statement. “Today’s sentence of 50 years will hopefully bring some closure and allow the victims and their families to move forward from this heinous crime.”

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