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Soldiers Charged with Statutory Rape

Posted December 31, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— Two Fort Bragg soldiers are behind bars, charged with statutory rape of two young girls from Cary.

Fayetteville police say four 82nd Airborne paratroopers provided beer to three juveniles in a room at a local motel Saturday night.

Private First Class Willie Garner and Private First Class Richard Bellinger are charged with raping the 14-year-olds.

Police believe the girls were runaways.