Carson Sergeant Gets 35 Years in Sex Assaults

Army Sgt. Alberto Silva-Sadder was found guilty of multiple charges by a Fort Carson court-martial Friday and sentenced to 35 years in military prison.

According to Maj. Earl Brown, spokesman for Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division, Silva-Sadder will get a dishonorable discharge when he's served his time.

Silva-Sadder, who was assigned to the post's 10th Combat Support Hospital, was accused by four women in the past three years of sexual misconduct.

After a weeklong trial, a panel of seven Army officers convicted Silva-Sadder on 21 charges, including two counts of aggravated sexual assault, three counts of forcible sodomy, two counts of possession of child pornography and a kidnapping charge.

Silva-Sadder had pleaded not guilty and defense attorneys had claimed the assaults were acts of consensual sex.

Investigators were assigned to the case in January after a Fort Carson soldier tried calling 911 claiming she had been sexually assaulted in a Colorado Springs motel. Prosecutors said Silva-Sadder hung up the phone shortly after the call connected, witnesses testified.

The Gazette does not usually print the names of sexual assault victims.

Fort Carson special agents testified that the found photos of the woman allegedly taken during an attack -- as well as nude photos of other female soldiers, on Silva-Sadder's cellular phone.

When asked about the photos, the other women described waking up nude after drinking with Silva-Sadder, prosecutors said.

One allegation dated to 2009.

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