Soldier who oversaw equal opportunity advisers arrested for producing child pornography

Eric Scott McCants

Guillermo Contreras

San Antonio Express-News

A retired soldier who oversaw equal opportunity advisers for the Army’s medical system has been indicted in San Antonio on charges of producing child pornography.

Eric Scott McCants, a combat medic who retired last year as a high-ranking non-commissioned officer, was arrested in August at his North Side home after an FBI investigation in Oklahoma found he allegedly was part of a chat group whose members shared videos of children being sexually molested, court records show.

To join, McCants shared video of himself sexually molesting underage victims, according to documents filed in federal court in San Antonio. He admitted he molested a 6-year-old girl when FBI agents asked him about one video, an affidavit said.

A federal grand jury indicted him on two counts of producing child porn, one count of distributing it and a separate charge of possessing child porn. The indictment alleges one of the production counts, and the distribution charge, occurred between Oct. 23, 2018, and Nov. 4, 2019 — while he was still in the Army. The other charges are from incidents in July and August of this year.

According to his LinkedIn account, McCants, 43, is a civilian now, working the past six months as a military equal opportunity program analyst for the Army.

Before retiring from the service, McCants managed the employee relations program for the Army’s entire health system, consisting of 74,000 employees worldwide, his LinkedIn account said.

As such, he supervised a team of 24 advisers processing complaints, internal and external audits, budgeting and advising on matters of diversity and inclusion throughout the organization.

His last post was at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. He previously served at Fort Bliss in El Paso and overseas in Germany, aside from at least six combat tours, records show.

In 2018, McCants — who was a sergeant major at the time within the Army’s Medical Command — presented an award at Fort Bliss to equal opportunity adviser of the year.

“Equal opportunity across the Army is critical, it is a key part of readiness,” said McCants, who was identified as MEDCOM’s senior equal opportunity adviser, who oversaw all such advisers for MEDCOM. “It’s how we interact and bring diversity and inclusion to the table. There’s a lot of initiatives out there for recruiting people of different backgrounds into the Army.”

If convicted of any of the production counts, McCants faces a minimum of 15 years in prison, and up to 30 years in prison. The other charges carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison.

He waived his bail hearing and will stay in jail pending trial. His arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 14.

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