Texas soldier indicted, alleged assault of 2 girls

April 14, 2011 6:59:17 AM PDT
A Central Texas soldier is accused of raping two Killeen girls who were abducted as they walked to school bus stops. A Bell County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Sgt. Raul Aragonez Jr. on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child and aggravated kidnapping. Conviction carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

Aragonez on Thursday was in the Bell County Jail on bond topping $2 million. No attorney was listed for the soldier.

The Killeen Daily Herald reports an October assault involved an 11-year-old girl. A 9-year-old girl was attacked in December.

Police arrested Aragonez during a Jan. 12 traffic stop. Investigators say DNA evidence has linked him to the attacks.

A spokesperson for Fort Hood did not immediately return a message Thursday from The Associated Press.