- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - An Army officer from New Hampshire has been convicted of sex trafficking of a minor while on temporary duty last year in Texas.

Lt. Col. Raymond Valas remains in custody pending sentencing in San Antonio. The 41-year-old officer faces up to life in prison after being convicted Friday by a federal jury.

Investigators say Valas is a U.S. Army War College fellow at Syracuse University and a member of the New Hampshire National Guard. He was temporary assignment in San Antonio in August 2013 when prosecutors say he went online and solicited a minor for paid sex. Authorities say the pair met twice at a hotel and had sex.

Valas faces sentencing in February, along with three other people convicted of sex trafficking of minors as part of the investigation.


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