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News | Jan. 18, 2023

Soldier sentenced to 42 years in prison for sexual assault

By The Department of the Army Criminal Investigation Division #23-01

A U.S. Army Soldier stationed at Fort Polk, La., has been sentenced by a military judge after pleading guilty to rape and sexual assault of a child and the production and possession of child pornography.

Private Tyler Davis, 23, was sentenced Jan. 5, to 42 years in federal prison by Col. Maureen A. Kohn. Davis will also receive a dishonorable discharge. Kohn found Davis guilty of the following offenses: thirteen specifications of rape and sexual assault of a child, in violation of Article 120b, UCMJ; and one specification of production of child pornography, in violation of Article 134, UCMJ.

“The outcome of this investigation is something I hope brings some peace to the victims and their families,” said SA Tanya Marlow, assistant special agent-in-charge of CID’s Southern Field Office. “I hope it helps them to heal and move forward with their lives.”

Davis was interviewed by Army CID after a victim disclosed to a family member Davis had inappropriately touched her while at his residence located on Fort Polk. A second victim, sister to the first victim, was also interviewed and disclosed Davis inappropriately touched her at his on-post residence. All the offenses took place between Feb. and Apr. 2022.

Davis confessed to both sexual assaults and admitted to sexually assaulting a third victim previously unknown by law enforcement.
“The collaborative work of the special agents with the Fort Polk CID Office, the digital forensic examiners and the DNA experts at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory contributed to the successful resolution of the case,” added Marlow.

Investigative efforts and forensic examination further revealed 13 unique images and three unique videos depicting suspected child pornography which were located on Davis' mobile device.

Davis confessed to taking sexually explicit photos of one of the victims with his cell phone.