Former Fort Carson Soldier Sentenced After Child Sex Crimes

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A former Fort Carson soldier will now spend the next 30 years behind bars.

Joe Alfred Garcia Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust in December. He was sentenced on Wednesday.

The charges came after law enforcement from Colorado Springs and Hawaii were looking into the possibility of Garcia victimizing children in both places.

Police were first alerted to the crimes in early October after Homeland Security Investigation in Boston called and asked for their help in a child porn investigation.

Authorities say in one case Garcia not only sexually assaulted a young girl, but posted pornographic pictures of her on the internet.

Garcia's wife became emotional while speaking at his sentencing Wednesday afternoon.

She said, "My marriage was a lie, his role as a husband, father and a friend was a lie."

The judge residing over Garcia's case call the crimes "monstrous."