- Associated Press - Saturday, July 30, 2016

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) - A southern Arizona soldier is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Sierra Vista police say 27-year-old Alexander E. Smith, who is stationed at Fort Huachuca, was arrested Thursday on five counts of sexual conduct with a minor.

He is being held on $100,000 bond.

The arrest comes after a seven-week investigation by police and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command on Fort Huachuca.

According to police, the department received an anonymous tip in early June alleging Smith’s involvement with a minor.



Investigators say Smith met the victim through church and were involved for a year.

They say Smith and the girl engaged in sexual conduct at least five times in Sierra Vista and on base.

It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

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