Fort Leonard Wood soldier goes AWOL to avoid court martial over sex abuse

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FORT LEONARD WOOD, MO (KPLR) – A soldier at Fort Leonard Wood goes AWOL the day before his court martial was set to begin.

The charges against Sgt. Ulises Moore-Ramirez include sexual abuse of a child, non-touching. The language in the 28-count indictment is full of extremely graphic language that the 38-year-old soldier allegedly used to try to convince young girls to send him nude photos over the Internet.

According to prosecutors, 18 of the 28 counts are sexual abuse or attempted sexual abuse of a child, non-touching. There are seven counts of extortion and two counts involving child porn, plus one charge of obstruction of justice. If convicted, Moore-Ramirez could get a lengthy sentence.

“The maximum punishment he could face is 316 years of confinement, forfeiture of all pay, and allowance reduction of rank to a private e-1, and a dishonorable discharge,” said Ft. Leonard Wood spokeswoman Tiffany Wood.

Moore-Ramirez was supposed to go on trial Thursday but he left the fort on Wednesday and hasn’t been seen since.

Military police at Fort Leonard Wood have issued an arrest warrant for Moore-Ramirez and they’ve alerted local police agencies.

The extortion charge was from a time the sergeant supposedly threatened to post nude photos of one of the victims on the Internet. He allegedly destroyed his cell phone and that is where the obstruction of justice charge comes from.

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