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“Lt. Col. Valas is alleged to have committed a serious crime, child sex trafficking, while attending a military conference as part of his official duties,” said William Hinkle, the governor’s press secretary. “He is facing federal criminal charges and could face military action.
Attorney John A. Convery of San Antonio said his client is an “outstanding officer” and anything that keeps him working is a good thing. He said he thought there were a lot of New Hampshire people who fought and died for the Constitution, which includes a presumption of innocence.
Detained in May
Valas, of Bow, originally was detained in May without bail in Syracuse, N.Y., where he was a student enrolled in the U.S. Army’s War College at Syracuse University’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. He was indicted the same week he was to graduate, according to court papers filed in U.S. District Court in San Antonio.
C Company, under Valas' command, provided additional security at New Hampshire airports following 9-11. He became a full-time member of the N.H. National Guard in 2003. He was deployed to Iraq as commander of C Company, 3rd of the 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) from January 2004 to February 2005.
Two San Antonio men — Marcus Deshawn Wright, 38, and Malcom Deandre Copeland, 21 — allegedly advertised the escort service. Wright, who is charged with two counts of sex trafficking of children and one charge of selling or buying children, is scheduled for trial on Aug. 18.
She pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of children and admitted using a cellphone provided by Wright to take pictures of the victim so Wright and Copeland could use them to advertise the teen on backpage.com.
Doak fielded inquiries from those responding to the advertisement and traveled with Wright and Copeland as they transported the teen to multiple locations to engage in commercial sex.
He is to be sentenced on Dec. 5.
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