U.S. Army soldier being held on $5 million bail for 34 crimes with children

Sergeant First Class Shawn Lima (Hoke County Sheriff's office)

A soldier from Fort Liberty is sitting in jail after being charged with 34 counts of sex crimes against children.

Bail has been set at $5 million for Sergeant First Class Shawn Michael Lima, a civil affairs team sergeant assigned to the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, a 1st Special Forces Command.

The 34-year-old soldier was charged with 11 counts of indecent liberties with a child; six counts of statutory offense with a child younger than 15; four counts of crime against nature; one count of a forcible sex offense; and one count of dissemination of obscenity.

Hoke County court records accuse SFC Lima of engaging in sexual acts at his home with at least two juvenile females and one juvenile male in June.

He allegedly provided one of the children with pornography and allowed the minors to “view a live performance.”

He also is accused of performing a sexual act on at least one girl and forcing two girls and a boy to sexually touch each other, according to the Fayetteville Observer.

“We are deeply disturbed by the allegations and take them seriously while reiterating that such behavior does not reflect the values of Army special operations or the thousands of people who serve daily with distinction,” Maj. Russell Gordon, a spokesman for the 1st Special Forces Command, said.

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