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Former top enlisted Fort Carson soldier enters plea deal over alleged sexual misconduct

FORT CARSON, Colo. (KRDO) - A former top enlisted Fort Carson soldier entered a plea deal Tuesday during a court-martial at the Mountain Post over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Sergeant Major Benito A. Perez entered the plea deal early in the day, but the verdict wasn't reached until almost 2 a.m. Wednesday.

As part of the deal, Perez pleaded guilty to indecent language relating to sexually explicit messages he sent to a family member who was over the age of 18. He also pleaded guilty to fraternization for having an "unduly familiar" relationship with a Private First Class in his command.

Perez will spend 179 days in a military jail for the indecent communication charge and another 10 days for fraternization. He will also be demoted in rank.

Part of the condition of his plea deal dropped the charges he faced of sexual misconduct with his family member while they were a minor.

Brittany Wiley

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