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Judge decides to keep Ft. Bliss soldier accused of sexually abusing a child detained until next court hearing

UPDATE - A Homeland Security Investigation Agent addressed questions from both the prosecution and defense attorney for Carlos Humberto Richard Walsh, a Ft. Bliss soldier accused of sexual abuse of a minor.

The agent stated that the investigation into Walsh is based on testimony from the teenage victim, as well electronic evidence. The agent said there was no physical evidence gathered.

The prosecution said Walsh had actions that had an "obsessive nature" toward the victim.

The agent said the victim told investigators Walsh planned on getting a tattoo of her, and a social media showed Walsh displaying a tattoo with her initials.

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- A federal judge decided to keep Carlos Humberto Richard Walsh detained until his next appearance in court.

Walsh is facing charges of Sexual Abuse of a Minor, and was arrested on May 25, 2023. Officials say Walsh had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl. They say that relationship went on for several months. Investigators say they found that the girl was living with Walsh on post in the barracks. They also say Walsh allegedly applied to become the girl's legal guardian.

Walsh is a soldier stationed at Ft. Bliss. The Department of Homeland Security, Fort Bliss' Criminal Investigation Division, and the Texas Department of Public Safety worked together to arrest him.

The judge overseeing the case decided not to set a bond at Thursday morning's detainment hearing. Walsh has not yet entered a plea.

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