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MANNHEIM, Germany — The Army charged a second soldier Tuesday in connection with an investigation into computer pornography and an alleged sexual assault on a child.

Sgt. Jason K. Griner, 32, of the 66th Transportation Company, faces five charges which include indecent acts and liberties with a child, posting pornography on the Internet, and using a personal computer to receive, store and distribute child pornography.

Last week the Army charged Staff Sgt. Jason Lewis, 33, of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 95th Military Police Battalion, with 14 charges including rape, sodomy, indecent acts with a child, and a list of computer crimes relating to child pornography.

All the crimes, for both soldiers, relate to one victim, a female child under the age of 12, said Maj. Mark Wright, spokesman for the 21st Theater Support Command.

Investigators opened the case on Sept. 24, Wright said. Since then, investigators had to delicately handle the computer evidence.

In most computer crimes, investigators build a duplicate of a suspects’ computer so no defense can be made that the questionable files were altered.

In this case, Lewis allegedly sent child pornography to others via e-mail, Wright said. Each message had to be traced to either implicate Lewis’ contacts or eliminate them from investigation, a lengthy process that took investigators several weeks, Wright said.

The charges made against the two soldiers are merely accusations and the soldiers are presumed innocent until proven guilty, Wright said.

Both soldiers face Article 32 hearings, the military equivalent of a grand jury, to determine whether they will face a court-martial. No dates have been set, Wright said.

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