FORT HOOD (March 6, 2014) A former Fort Hood soldier was sentenced to federal prison time Wednesday after he earlier pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child younger than 16-years-old.
U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith, Jr., sentenced Ethan Thomas Hays, 21, to serve 24 months in prison on count 1 of the charge, to be followed by 5 years on supervised release, and ordered a $1,000 fine and $100 special assessment to the court.
Smith recommended Hays be incarcerated in Washington state, closer to his home, but no facility recommendation was made.
Hays pleaded guilty on Jan. 10 after a complaint was presented in court in which an FBI agent said he interviewed Hays last October regarding an incident in October 2013 during which Hays admitted he had sex with a girl he knew was 14-years-old.
An accompanying document showed the investigation revealed Hays went AWOL and traveled to Illinois to pick up a girl he had met online.
Hays told investigators he brought the girl back to Fort Hood and for several days beginning Oct. 17, had sex with her in his barracks room on Fort Hood.
The agent said investigation revealed the girl was hidden in a closet in Hays' barracks room and later was found there.