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Former Ft. Polk soldier sentenced for sexually abusing minor

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – A former Fort Polk soldier was sentenced on July 17 to 210 months in prison and five years of supervised release for sexually abusing a minor under nine-years-old. 

According to U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley, Emil Roland Rath, 39, of Mena, Ark., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi for one count of abusive sexual contact with a minor under the age of 12. He is also required to register as a sex offender. 

Rath admitted that he engaged in sexual contact with a child under the age of nine on the Fort Polk military base in November of 2003. Rath, who was in the U.S. Army at the time, was watching an animated movie with the child at the victim’s residence when the incident took place. 

According to Finley, the court also considered prior convictions and prior abuse of other minors by Rath.

“Unfortunately, when these acts occur, the impact is long term and affects the entire family,” Finley said. “This defendant took advantage of the family’s trust and the child’s innocence to commit this horrendous crime. Children’s safety is a primary concern and a priority of this office.We will continue to prosecute those who abuse minors to the fullest extent of the law.”

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command and the FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Myers Namie and Daniel J. McCoy prosecuted the case.

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