A Fort Carson soldier was arrested for attempting to meet a minor for sex as a result of a two-day operation conducted by federal investigators near the Colorado Army post, service officials said Wednesday.

The soldier was arrested and referred to the Army for prosecution, according to officials for the service’s Criminal Investigation Division. Army investigators did not identify the soldier, though they did say the soldier was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group, which is headquartered at Fort Carson.

Information on four others identified during the operation was provided to civilian authorities, CID officials said.

The CID’s Rocky Mountain Field Office, located at Fort Carson, conducted the online child-exploitation operation Friday and Saturday along with investigators from the Department of Homeland Security.

“These predators exist in the community, and we want to send the message that we will do whatever it takes to bring them to justice,” said CID’s Special Agent-in-Charge Ryan O’Connor of the Rocky Mountain Field Office.

During the two-day sting, agents gained contact information and identification while the suspects were attempting to meet with an underage juvenile for sexual services, according to Army investigators. The suspects agreed to meet the minor at a predetermined location during the online conversations.

As part of its crime prevention program, CID agents “routinely conduct child exploitation operations across the world,” the agency said.

The CID declined to provide further information about the sting, citing a need to protect the integrity of operations.

The entrance of Fort Carson, an Army installation near Colorado Springs, Colo.

The entrance of Fort Carson, an Army installation near Colorado Springs, Colo. (Wikimedia Commons)

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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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