A South Dakota man who went to the US military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to plead guilty to child sex abuse has been convicted of multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Sgt. Michael Smith, 43, was convicted last week of two counts of sexual assault on a child under 14, a charge that he pleaded not guilty to.
He faces a possible life sentence.
Smith, who was stationed in Korea at Fort Benning, Georgia, from 2011 to 2014, was first arrested in February 2016 and accused of child exploitation in a complaint filed by the Department of Defense.
The complaint, which was made public Monday, alleged Smith “had sex with a minor male between the ages of 12 and 15 years old.”
The court records say Smith had sex with the boy twice, once at a campfire, once in the bathroom at a nearby facility and once in a bathroom at an Army barracks in South Carolina.
The court records also say Smith told the boy that he was a Marine.
In October 2016, a federal grand jury indicted Smith on the charges and in December he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated child sex assault.