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MANNHEIM, Germany — A military policeman and Boy Scout leader accused of sexually abusing a child and using his government computer to distribute child pornography was charged this week after a two-month investigation.

Staff Sgt. Jason Lewis, 33, of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 95th Military Police Battalion, faces 14 charges, including rape; forcible sodomy; attempted rape; indecent acts with a child; two counts of conspiracy to commit indecent acts and sodomy with a child; taking indecent liberties with a child; and two counts each of soliciting others to perform and arrange for others to engage in sex acts with a child.

He is also accused of several computer crimes including receiving and viewing pornography on a government computer; three counts of receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography on a personal computer; putting sexually explicit photographs on the Internet; using a child to perform sex acts for pornography sent in foreign commerce; and advertising child pornography.

A second soldier, from the 28th Transportation Battalion, was implicated in the child pornography aspects of the case and will be charged later this week, said Maj. Mark Wright, a 21st Theater Support Command spokesman.

Both soldiers’ battalions fall under the 37th Transportation Command, a subordinate unit of the 21st TSC.

Investigators opened the case on Sept. 24, Wright said. He said Lewis allegedly sent child porn to others via e-mail. Each message had to be traced to either implicate the contacts or eliminate them from the investigation, a lengthy process that took several weeks, he said.

The charges relate to one victim, a female child under the age of 12. Because charges include rape, the maximum penalty includes life in prison, Army officials said.

Military officials would not say how the allegations against Lewis came to light.

Since Lewis’s commander, Capt. Robert Elliott, charged him Monday afternoon, Lewis has remained in the unit’s custody. His unit will conduct an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a civilian grand jury proceeding. No date or location has been set, Wright said.

For the past two years, Lewis served as a volunteer Boy Scout leader with Troop 65 in Darmstadt and Cub Scout Pack 137, said Dan Adams, executive director of the Trans-Atlantic Council.

When an adult leader is charged with crimes against children, they are “red-flagged” at the national level, Adams said. On Sept. 30, letters were sent to both Lewis and the Boy Scouts’ national headquarters in Irving, Texas, to revoke Lewis’s registration with the Scouts. On Nov. 13, the headquarters banned Lewis.

“He will never be allowed to work with the Boy Scouts again, regardless of the outcome of the case,” Adams said.

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