Fort Wainwright Gate

The main gate entrance to Fort Wainwright Tuesday afternoon, November 12, 2019.

An active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Wainwright was arrested on several counts of sexual abuse of a minor last week.

Shaheed Fleming, 22, allegedly abused a 15-year-old victim over two months. Fleming is at least the third Fort Wainwright soldier to be arrested for sexual abuse of a minor this fall.

Alaska State Troopers arrested Fleming on Nov. 10 after receiving a report that he was having a sexual relationship with a minor. An investigation found that that Fleming allegedly met up and had sex with the victim, a 15 year old girl, multiple times.

Fleming and the victim frequently communicated through a device he purchased for her. “The device was purchased by Fleming with the understanding that he would be able to communicate with [the victim] secretly,” charging documents read. A forensic examination of the device revealed nude photos of both Fleming and the victim as well as chats about “making sexual videos ... and [the victim] doing a variety of sexual favors for him.”

Fleming and the victim met and engaged in sexual activities at least twice; once in October at a Marriott Hotel and once in November in North Pole. Their meetings were corroborated with images and videos as well as with statements from the victim.

According to charging documents, Fleming was aware of the victim’s age prior to engaging in sexual activity with her.

A Fort Wainwright representative confirmed that Fleming was an active duty soldier stationed on the base.

“Fort Wainwright and U.S. Army Alaska leadership are aware of his arrest, and they are cooperating with the Alaska State Troopers’ investigation,” public affairs officer Grant Sattler told the News-Miner. Since the investigation is ongoing, Sattler was unable to give further information.

Fleming is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and four counts of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Fleming has not faced prior criminal charges in Alaska, according to a records check.

Troopers could not immediately provide information about how many Fort Wainwright soldiers have been arrested for sexual abuse of a minor recently, but Fleming’s arrest is at least the third in about a month.

On Oct. 12, a 22-year-old active duty soldier at Fort Wainwright was arrested after allegedly sexually abusing a 15 year-old Fairbanks teenager. On Oct. 21, 19-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier was arrested for sexual abuse of a minor and possession of child pornography.

Contact reporter Maisie Thomas at 907-459-7544 or mthomas@newsminer.com.

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