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Fort Drum soldier accused of raping child

A Fort Drum soldier is facing a felony charge after he allegedly raped a child.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 3:18 PM
Updated: Apr. 13, 2018 3:18 PM

A Fort Drum soldier is facing a felony charge after he allegedly raped a child, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office’s Chief Deputy Joseph Lisi, director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.

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U.S. Army Specialist Paul Wayne Spalding, 21, was arrested Thursday at Fort Drum and charged with felony third-degree rape.

The arresting officer, Rome Police Detective E.A. D’Alessandro, says a lengthy investigation found that Spalding allegedly visited a female, who is under 16 years old, several times in the village of Remsen during the last three months. On one of those visits Spalding and the child had sexual intercourse in a vehicle, according to D’Alessandro.

Members of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigation Division also assisted with the investigation.

Spalding was arraigned in the Oneida County Jail on Thursday, and he’s currently being held on $5,000 bail.

An order of protection has been requested on behalf of the victim, who has also been offered counseling through the Child Advocacy Center.

Additional charges are possible, according to D’Alessandro, and the investigation is continuing with the U.S. Army’s involvement.

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