Former Fort Bliss Soldier Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse of a Child

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EL PASO – Trevor Dylan Lehew, 28, of Plano, pleaded guilty today to one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, announced U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey R. Downey, El Paso Field Office.

According to court documents, between November 2014 and December 2015, Lehew engaged in the continuing sexual abuse of a six-year-old child at a residence located on Fort Bliss. During this period, Lehew was an active-duty soldier stationed at the military installation. By pleading guilty, Lehew admitted that he knowingly engaged in a sexual act with a child.

At the time of his arrest for these crimes, Lehew was serving a Texas state sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child related to two other minor children.

A sentencing date has not been set. Lehew faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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The FBI investigated the case with assistance from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.  FBI-Louisville and FBI-Seattle, Tacoma Resident Agency also assisted with this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Winters is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.