Pvt. Tyler Davis, 23, was sentenced Jan. 5 to 42 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault of children while assigned to Fort Polk, La.

Pvt. Tyler Davis, 23, was sentenced Jan. 5 to 42 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to sexual assault of children while assigned to Fort Polk, La. (U.S. Army)

A 23-year-old soldier assigned to Fort Polk, La., was sentenced to 42 years in federal prison for 13 counts of raping and sexually assaulting three children and child pornography, according to the Army Criminal Investigation Division.

Pvt. Tyler Davis pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced Jan. 5 by Col. Maureen A. Kohn in a Fort Polk courtroom. Davis, an infantryman with the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, also will receive a dishonorable discharge.

“The outcome of this investigation is something I hope brings some peace to the victims and their families,” said Tanya Marlow, the assistant special agent-in-charge of CID’s southern field office. “I hope it helps them to heal and move forward with their lives.”

Investigators interviewed Davis after a victim disclosed to a family member that Davis had inappropriately touched her while she was at his home on Fort Polk, according to CID. The victim’s sister was interviewed in the investigation and disclosed Davis had also inappropriately touched her at his on-post house.

The crimes against the two sisters occurred between February and April 2022, according to CID.

Davis confessed to both sexual assaults and admitted to sexually assaulting a third victim previously unknown to law enforcement, CID said.

A search of Davis’s cell phone revealed 13 images and three videos of suspected child pornography. Davis confessed to taking sexually explicit photos with his phone of one of the victims, according to CID.

“The collaborative work of the special agents with the Fort Polk CID Office, the digital forensic examiners and the DNA experts at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory contributed to the successful resolution of the case,” Marlow said.

Davis enlisted in August 2020, according to Fort Polk. He arrived at Fort Polk in May 2021 as his first duty station.

If you or someone you know is being exploited or has been a victim sexual assault, get help from the DOD Safe Helpline at or call 877-995-5247. Information can also be reported anonymously to Army CID via CID Crime Tips at:

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.

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