Ft. Rucker Soldier Hears Sentencing in Molestation Case

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

No cameras were allowed inside the courtroom at Ft. Rucker in the sentencing of Staff Sergeant Dustin Hogan.

But emotions ran high in the proceedings

"Yesterday he plead guilty to all of the charges, some of them were dismissed by the judge," said Ft. Rucker Public Affairs Officer, Lisa Eichhorn.

The two victims involved in the case are Hogan’s own daughter and his niece by marriage.

A witness called by prosecutors, who is a clinical psychologist, spoke of graphic video between Hogan and the two girls.

The incidents took place in Illinois but were discovered while Hogan was stationed at Ft. Rucker.

"This is not indicative of the behavior of our soldiers. We don't condone behavior like this nor will we tolerate this in our ranks. This is not a part of the army values at all so we believe that justice is being served in this case and that we will do the right thing," said Eichhorn.

By 3 o'clock 5 prosecution witnesses had been on the stand.

At least 3 more were called by the defense team.

But even after a sentence is handed down, it's not the end.

"The judge’s sentence in this case unlike in a civilian court system is not the final determining sentence. The commanding general has the final authorization with what the sentence will be,” said Major Angela Tuckers.

The commanding general has power to lessen the sentence but does not have authority to increase it.

Officials say it could take a week before final sentencing is complete.


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