Child sex offenders make up the largest category of inmates in U.S. military prisons, yet a full accounting of their crimes and how much time they’re actually locked up is shielded by an opaque system of justice, an Associated Press investigation has found.
Of the 1,233 inmates confined in the military’s prison network, 61 percent were convicted of sex crimes, according to the latest available data, obtained through the federal open records law. Children were the victims in over half of those cases.
Since the beginning of this year, service members victimized children in 133 out of 301 sex crime convictions, with charges ranging from rape to distributing child pornography.
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