Soldier Charged In Infant Sex Abuse Death Had Multiple Victims

Joseph Allsop (Jail photo)

COPPERAS COVE (August 31, 2010)--Joseph Allsop, who’s held in Pierce County, Wash., on a Coryell County capital murder warrant stemming from the sexual abuse death of his 5-month-old daughter in 2005 in Copperas Cove, had multiple victims and Tuesday authorities encouraged any parents with concerns to come forward.

Coryell County District Attorney David Castillo Tuesday said parents of children who may have come into contact with Allsop should share the information with Copperas Cove police.

He said identities would be kept confidential.

Allsop evidently intends to fight his return to Texas after he refused Monday to waive extradition.

He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash. at the time of his arrest, which came after an investigation that originated in early June in Guadalupe County where Allsop was a suspect in the sexual assault of his son.

Because Allsop was stationed in Washington, Guadalupe County authorities requested assistance from the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division.

According to an arrest affidavit released Monday, Allsop told an Army CID agent that he had sexually abused a number of young children including his infant daughter Jade.

He told the agent that on Jan. 26, 2005, he placed his baby daughter on a bed and “penetrated her mouth with his male sexual organ,” restricting the baby’s airway and causing the infant to gasp for breath.

He ejaculated into the toilet, returned to find the infant not breathing, and staged the scene so that it would appear the baby had been put in her crib with a bottle, according to the affidavit.

Paramedics responded to a 911 call just before 1 a.m. the next day and took the infant to Darnall Army Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, the affidavit said.

The report of the autopsy performed on the infant in 2005 listed the cause and manner of death as undetermined.

Investigators have determined that Allsop was a convicted sex offender as the result of an incident that occurred while he was a juvenile in Oregon, police said.

He later moved to Texas where he was supposed to register as a sex offender when he turned 18, but police said he failed to do that.

The Coryell County District Attorney’s Office and Guadalupe County authorities will determine if any further charges will be filed against Allsop, police said.

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