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Judge denies release for Bragg soldier accused in sex crimes

Posted July 10, 2012

— A 26-year-old Fort Bragg soldier accused of sex crimes involving an underage girl and boy asked to be released on bond Tuesday, telling a judge he needs to go back to work to support his sister and her five children.

Judge David Hasty denied Sgt. Eric Michael Captain's request for unsecured bond during the suspect's first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon.

Captain, who is assigned to the Army's Bravo Company, is facing charges of first- and second-degree kidnapping, indecent liberties with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection with a February incident.

According to investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Captain took a 13-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy to a local motel, provided them with alcohol and engaged in sexual activities with them.

Captain, who is from West Lake, La., was being held in the Cumberland County jail under a $61,000 secured bond.

“I’ve been cooperative,” he told the judge. “I’ve come in on my own free will” for questioning by detectives.

Captain is a mobile artillery rocket specialist who is part of the 18th Fires Brigade, which supports the 82nd Airborne. He said he's never been in trouble before this incident.




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  • cal008 Jul 12, 2012

    "Teendad says things like that because he knows he is a coward and couldn't serve his country if he was called upon to do it."

    Like Romney?

    And of course Obama?

  • kermit60 Jul 12, 2012

    Why is it that they always make such a big deal about things when a soldier is involved. Why isn't this done when someone works for Wal-Mart or McDonalds. This guy needs to be punished but the military is no more at fault than any business would be if one of their workers had done this.

  • gabewilliams12 Jul 11, 2012

    This fool really had the nerve to say he needs to get out of jail to help his sister and her 5 kids..The sister needs to be getting her children checked out. If this nut was that bold to take them to a hotel, I can almost promise you that he has done this before. Way to go Judge Hasty by not letting him out. May he rot in that jail just like the rest of those freaks.

  • Disabled Veteran Jul 11, 2012

    Really? Did they tell the past WWI, WWII, Vietnam and other services that? I am married to a wonderful veteran and he has never been like that.

    You forgot one! The Korean War. Commonly referred to as "The Forgotten War". The government never declared a cease fire so still considered a war zone(Government won't admit it though)!

  • Disabled Veteran Jul 11, 2012

    Teendad I want you to remember one thing.I served my country. I fought in combat. I killed people in combat. I did it so cowards like you can sit comfortably in front of your computer screens and have "Freedom of Speech" to make that ridiculous comment you made. If you have a problem with the freedoms that me and my Brothers and Sisters have provided for you then please find yourself another country to live in. What SGT. Captain did was wrong & he will pay the price for it. But don't blame the military for his actions. I don't!

  • AX Jul 10, 2012

    Where are readers getting info that he had a wife waiting for him at home?? WOW so now we are making up stuff about him?

  • RM24 Jul 10, 2012

    If it was you 13 year old daughter and 15 year old son, perhaps you would feel different. Being a soldier does not excuse this. It has nothing to do with a dark cloud over the military! It has to do with an adult getting a 13 year old and 15 year drunk and basically raping them. They are someone's kids.

    So did he plead guilty or do you have access to the proof/evidence that proves his guilt? I keep thinking in the USA everyone has equal rights and is innoncent until PROVEN guilty.

  • bombayrunner Jul 10, 2012

    good grief .. never been on trouble before now? sounds like never been caught until now. This is major league trouble.

  • jjsmith1973 Jul 10, 2012

    It is sad when you see high ranking military participating in such an act. As for what is wrong with soldiers today and teendad's comment: I don't totally agree with what he said. I will say this. WWI and WW2 vets etc.. as one person said didn't have this go on is incorrect. There wasn't the internet to post 24/7 news cycle.

    To the bigger problem here and to agree in a way with one poster. Being a former military memeber myself and directly having to deal with a troop that had been sexually assulted by another in the unit. The military seems to have a problem with addressing these issues. They do seem to want to cover them up and it makes me angry when they do this. Usually you see a history with these people in their service but it is given a blind eye until something like this happens. Like I'm against corruption among our police. I'm also against it in our military. Certain things need to start becoming more transparent. So the reality can set in and problem addressed

  • whyalltheproblems Jul 10, 2012

    Well Said, Ditch!!