Fort Benning soldier pleads guilty to sex charge

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A former soldier has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl on Fort Benning.

Christopher Rowan now faces up to 15 years in prison.

The case began in October when he was indicted on charges that he raped the victim on post between December 2007 and June 2008.

The 44-year-old said in the plea agreement that he allowed the 14-year-old girl to stay home from school and fondled her.

He is set to be sentenced on Feb. 23.

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