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Lieutenant colonel charged in sex trafficking case
By Joe Gould from Army Times 30 May 14
A New Hampshire Army National Guard Officer has been charged in a sex trafficking case in which two
underage girls were allegedly coerced into prostitution.
Lt. Col. Raymond Valas, 41, was arrested in Syracuse, New York, on May 19. An indictment filed in a Texas
federal court charges him with one count of sex trafficking of children, by force, fraud or coercion, on Aug.
Police found the two 15-year-old runaways at a San Antonio motel two months later, one of whom told
authorities that she had been beaten, sexually assaulted and prostituted, according to a law enforcement
Three others were charged with orchestrating the prostitution ring, one of whom is accused of enticing one
girl with promises of money, then sexually assaulting her and using provocative photos to advertise her as an
Valas is reportedly accused of having sex with a minor one day last August.
Valas, a fellow with a U.S. Army War College counterterrorism and national security program, in 2012
commanded 1,400 troops from several countries on a humanitarian assistance mission in El Salvador.
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