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Fort Bliss soldier found guilty of sexually assaulting fellow private Asia Graham

Asia Graham, 19, was found dead in her barracks on New Year’s Eve, 2020. One year prior, she had been sexually assaulted

A court martial in Texas has found a Fort Bliss soldier guilty of sexually assaulting fellow soldiers, including one who was found dead in the barracks a year later.

Christian Alvarado, 21, was facing multiple charges of sexual assault, aggravated assault and abusive sexual conduct involving several women.

A military judge convicted him in some of those attacks, including the high-profile assault involving Pfc. Asia Graham, but acquitted him on others.

He was sentenced to 18 years and three months, to be served in a military prison. 

Graham was attacked while she was unconscious on December 30, 2019 – weeks after arriving at Fort Bliss.

She reported the attack on June 1, 2020.

An investigation was launched, which resulted in charges against Alvarado being filed in October.

Charge sheets show Alvarado was interviewed on June 11 by Criminal Investigation Division (CID) agents, and made false statements to investigators including lying about attending Arizona State University, being on the football team, and his results in school. 

Pfc. Christian G. Alvarado has been found guilty of the sexual assault of fellow soldier Asia Graham, who was found dead in her barracks on New Year's Eve 2020

Pfc. Christian G. Alvarado has been found guilty of the sexual assault of fellow soldier Asia Graham, who was found dead in her barracks on New Year’s Eve 2020

Private First Class Asia Graham, 19, a human resource specialist, reported that she had been sexually assaulted by another soldier on June 1

She was found dead in her barracks in El Paso, Texas on December 31

Private First Class Asia Graham, 19, a human resource specialist, reported that she had been sexually assaulted by another soldier. She said the assault happened in December 2019 and an investigation into her claims ended with a top commander agreeing with her, and charges filed against Alvarado. However, a year after the attack she was found dead in her barracks in El Paso, Texas

Graham, from North Carolina, died on December 31, 2020, from an accidental drug overdose. 

Earlier this month Graham’s mother, Nicole, said the assault devastated her.

‘She was just really a proud soldier and that was all before El Paso. She lost her glow in El Paso,’ she told Spectrum News

She said Graham had worked hard as a soldier to buy her mother a house.

‘She wanted to go in to take care of me,’ she said. ‘She thought the military would be a good place because her daddy was a soldier for 23 years.’

She said she hoped the case would encourage others to report similar crimes. 

‘The problem of sexual harassment or rape in the military, it is not an isolated incident. I want to encourage women to come forward.’

Alvarado’s trial began on June 14, and a court heard that he had been molested as a child by a friend of his mother’s, and had been physically abused.

Under questioning, he claimed he had told the CID that he begun stealing cars when he was 10, and was in a gang in high school, as a ‘designated hitter’.

He also claimed he told CID that he had numerous run-ins with the police and the juvenile justice system. 

Yet the CID said that, under oath, he told them, when asked whether he had ever had run-ins with law enforcement, that he had been pulled over before but that was it.

Alvarado’s license was suspended in January 2021 pending charges for a DUI. 

The court in Texas also heard, according to KTSM, that Alvarado had told Army investigators in the summer of 2020 that he had amassed 42 sexual partners, and he kept an annotated log of them.

Fort Bliss is just the latest Army base to face intense scrutiny in recent months, joining the likes of Fort Hood, where Vanessa Guillen was murdered, and Fort Bragg, for a series of sexual assault claims and deaths

Fort Bliss is just the latest Army base to face intense scrutiny in recent months, joining the likes of Fort Hood, where Vanessa Guillen was murdered, and Fort Bragg, for a series of sexual assault claims and deaths

When interviewed by another agent later on in their investigation, he said he had 57 partners, most noted in his log.

‘So you have 15 new partners between your interview and before pre-trial confinement?’ a prosecutor asked.

‘Yes,’ he answered.

‘And this was while you were being investigated on different allegations of sexual assault, by two women?’ the prosecution continued.

‘Yes,’ he answered.

‘And while your wife was pregnant?’ the prosecutor asked.

‘She was my girlfriend at the time, we weren’t married yet,’ he said.

Alvarado said he married his pregnant girlfriend in November 2020, but that it was annulled by her at some point and he was unsure of the status or length of his marriage.

The prosecution claimed to trace a pattern of Alvarado lying to avoid trouble, whether to law enforcement or sexual partners — even while under oath.

‘You knew you had to tell the truth and lied anyway?’ asked the prosecution.

‘Yes ma’am,’ he said.  

Alvarado told the investigators, the court heard, that how intoxicated someone is doesn’t matter and that ‘drunk sex is fine.’

The report claims that Alvarado told Cardona that the #MeToo movement was responsible for the allegations he was facing.

‘Did you tell Cardona, ‘these mother f******* are going to trip when they see me walk?’ the prosecution asked.

‘Yes ma’am,’ he replied.   

Asia Graham was found dead a year and a day after she was sexually assaulted by Alvarado

Asia Graham was found dead a year and a day after she was sexually assaulted by Alvarado

Fort Bliss is just the latest Army base to face intense scrutiny in recent months, joining the likes of Fort Hood, where Vanessa Guillen was murdered in April 2020, and Fort Bragg, confronting a series of sexual assault claims and deaths.

Guillen’s killer, Army Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, of Calumet City, Illinois, killed himself on July 1, when Guillen’s remains were finally found. 

A Rand study, published on Friday, found that the risk of assault for women at Fort Hood was nearly a third higher than the average risk faced by all women in the Army.

The risk for women at Fort Bliss was ranked second highest. 

In December, Fort Bragg saw another tragedy when a soldier, Sergeant Keith Lewis, 31, shot his heavily pregnant wife in front of their three-year-old daughter then turned the gun on himself in a horrific murder-suicide.

Earlier that same month Master Sgt. William Lavigne II, 37, and Army veteran Timothy Dumas, 44, were both found dead in a training area at Fort Bragg on December 2 in what’s suspected to be a drug deal gone wrong.   


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