Army recruiter accused of sexual assault

April 1, 2009 9:21:10 PM PDT
An Army recruiter based at an office in Conroe is accused of having sex with girls whom he was trying to recruit. Those girls attended Caney Creek High School.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

In the weeks we've been working this story, Army officials have told me repeatedly they take these types of allegations very seriously because what's he's accused of doing translates into a serious breach of the public's trust.

At the Army recruiting office in Conroe Wednesday, recruiters were busy. Filling the military's ranks is an important mission. That's why the allegations of sexual abuse against a former recruiter here are so serious.

For two years starting in 2005, Staff Sergeant Daniel Post was assigned to the Conroe office, but according to Conroe ISD, he worked mainly at Caney Creek High School trying to sign new soldiers up.

It is while there we've learned the soldier, in his late 20's at the time, is accused of having sex with underage potential female recruits. Geoffrey Corn is a former Army lawyer who now teaches at South Texas College of Law.

"It's an abuse of power. It's intolerable because they have a unique responsibility with these people to protect them from that type of exploitation," said Corn.

In a statement, Conroe ISD says they "received information concerning the conduct of a U.S. Army recruiter. The reports were investigated by the district's police department and the matter turned over to the U.S. Military."

So the case here is closed, but at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where Post is now a member of the 113th Army band, it's just getting started.

A public affairs officer there tells us the Army takes seriously all allegations of wrongdoing by their soldiers.

"If they're true, I think he should be prosecuted," said Conroe resident Lisa Pickens.

Post is being prosecuted. Last month, Post who was married at the time of the alleged crimes, was charged with adultery, indecent acts, and misconduct. The charges his commander has chosen, says Corn, say something.

"This type of misconduct is so detrimental to their mission he can't tolerate it," said Corn.

After all, recruiting is hard enough.

"Your kid comes home and says, 'Mom, I want to join the army because I think it's going to be good for me,' Then they meet people like this?" said Conroe resident Emily Kline.

We couldn't reach Staff Sergeant Post, however, we did speak to his father who lives here in Houston. He declined an interview but told me the allegations were made up by his son's ex-wife who was fighting for child custody at the time.

Post has the civilian equivalent to a grand jury investigation scheduled next week. From there, his case will likely go before general court martial and if convicted, Post could face jail time and dishonorable discharge.

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