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Judge denies release for Bragg soldier accused in sex crimes

Posted July 10, 2012 9:41 a.m. EDT
Updated July 10, 2012 7:15 p.m. EDT

— 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.