Oct 22, 2015 10:33 AM
Ex-Guardsman appealing conviction in sex trafficking case
The Associated Press
CONCORD — A former New Hampshire National Guard commander who received a 15-year sentence in federal prison for his role in a San Antonio sex trafficking ring is now asking a federal appeals court to overturn his conviction.
Prosecutors said Lt. Col. Raymond Valas twice had sex with a 15-year-old girl, who was forced into prostitution. Valas maintains he never had sex with her.
The Concord Monitor reports his lawyers filed an appeal last week arguing that he was convicted on an inapplicable theory. They say the jury was incorrectly told it could convict Valas if he had a reasonable opportunity to view her and she was under 18.
They say the statute only allows for a conviction if he knew the girl was under 18 or recklessly disregarded her age.