Army Lt. Col. arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking of a minor in S.A.

Army Lt. Col. arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking of a minor in S.A.

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Army Lt. Col. arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking of a minor in S.A.

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by Dillon Collier and Sharon Ko / KENS 5

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Posted on June 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- An Army lieutenant colonel was arrested in New York last week on a charge of sexual trafficking of a minor, according to the San Antonio division of the FBI. 

The indictment filed in the western district of Texas stated on August 26th, 2013, Lt. Col. Raymond Valas engaged in a commercial sex act with a minor and had reasonable opportunity to observe the victim involved was not 18.

Valas was based out of the New Hampshire National Guard.

He's served as a commander of Joint Task Force Jaguar in El Salvador leading 1,400 troops and spent time on various humanitarian missions across the world on behalf of U.S. Army South.

Valas will be brought to San Antonio to be arraigned on federal charges.

A spokesman for the U.S. Marshal's office told KENS 5 Valas is still technically a member of the the New Hampshire National Guard.

Two other men listed on the same indictment are Malcom Deandre Copeland and Marcus Deshawn Wright.

According to the FBI, the two are already facing sex trafficking charges. In march 2014, the FBI said the two men promoted a minor for sex trafficking on Backpage.com, a website known to promote prostitution.

The FBI said the two men also, transported a 15-year-old girl to multiple locations to perform commercial sex acts.

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