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A 1st Armored Division soldier at Fort Bliss, Texas has been charged with sexually assaulting three women over the past year, including a fellow soldier who was found dead a year on New Year's Eve. Christian G.
A Texas woman accused of helping mutilate and dispose of the body of a Fort Hood soldier who vanished this spring was charged Thursday, authorities said.
Cecily Aguilar, 22, of Killeen, faces one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence in the April 22 disappearance of Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen, federal prosecutors in Texas' western district said in a statement. Partial remains were found in Bell County earlier this week but have not been formally identified as Guillen, prosecutors said.
A Fort Hood soldier who authorities identified earlier Thursday as another suspect in Guillen's disappearance, E-4 Specialist Aaron David Robinson, allegedly told Aguilar that he killed a female soldier after hitting her in the head with a hammer, according to officials.
Damon Phelps of the CID, the Army's primary criminal investigative organization, told reporters that Aguilar is the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier. The announcement comes a day after Natalie Khawam, attorney for the Guillen family, said they believe that the remains found in Bell County are Guillen's.
Woman charged with helping get rid of body of vanessa guillen, missing fort hood soldier
Investigators ly had said they suspected foul play related to her disappearance. Phelps denied allegations that Robinson was Guillen's superior, adding he was in "no way" in Guillen's line of command. However, they were coworkers, he said.
Guillen was last seen at a parking lot in Fort Hoodwhere she was stationed, on April Two days later, the military opened up a separate inquiry looking into allegations that Guillen was sexually harassed by a supervisor. Khawam said Guillen reported her harassment to her family and fellow soldiers at the base.
Phelps said the Army has no credible information or reports that Guillen was sexually assaulted. Robinson was a suspect in Guillen's disappearance, but he "was not involved" in the separate investigation looking into the sexual harassment allegations, said Phelps.
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After the sexual harassment reports surfaced, many service members have used the hashtag IAmVanessaGuillen to share their experiences with sexual assault and harassment on social media. Sexual assault in the U. Scott Efflandt, III Corps deputy commanding general, announced during the press conference that the Inspector General's Office will examine the implementation of Fort Hood's sexual harassment and prevention program, assess whether the "command climate" is supportive of soldiers reporting sexual assault or harassment and "identify any potential systemic issues.
Authorities said the investigation on Guillen's disappearance remains ongoing and that they will continue to be careful about the information being shared in order to avoid "an impact on prosecution and charges. IE 11 is not supported.
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