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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  • by someone who knows the truth Location: il on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    He didn't rape anyone, it isn't fair what they charged him with. ALL OF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. Get a life, I hope some of you end up on the other side of the law and find out how messed up it is.
  • by Drunk Tom Location: somewhere on Mar 11, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    Operate on him and turn him into a woman,then put him in a prison with men. Then he'll be backed into a corner saying "wait a minute, wait a minute I'm not really a woman." You can hear him screaming,crying and begging, please don't rape me No more!
  • by Waste of Time! Location: Dothan on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:19 PM
    This is a huge waste of time and taxpayer money!!!When people are guilty of crimes like this and you have so much proof/graphic video & many witnesses/then don't waste our time and money.He doesn't need to be sentenced.Put him in prison,the convicts will find out what he did and karma will take over.They will take care of him in ways no life sentence can!
  • by kathy Location: who cares on Mar 10, 2011 at 06:46 PM
    I totaly agree with Laura, wtg girl.. use a dull butter knife for the castration part
  • by laura Location: dothan on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    Anyone who molests children should get the death penalty make it a federal law. Rape of an adult life sentence. Along with castration esp. child rape.
  • by snowman on Mar 10, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    He will get less time than you think . And will be probly housed at a local facility.
  • by kathy Location: who care on Mar 9, 2011 at 04:17 PM
    Leavenworth gets a new customer
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