Two U.S. soldiers arrested for raping 3-year-old boy

By: Aarav Sen 

(Scroll down for video) Two U.S. soldiers were arrested and charged with raping a 3-year-old boy, according to court records.

Two army sergeants were arrested on Tuesday, on charges that they raped a boy while in the Joint Base of San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston and recorded the activity on video.

Wade Allen Perkins, 26, and Kimberly Epperson, 24, joined in on the assault of the child after a relationship that began in February 2011, according to the criminal complaint.

Agents of the FBI, the Office of the Bexar County Sheriff and the Army launched an investigation after learning of the August 29 allegations that the child was being exploited. They arrested the couple separately, each with the charge of producing child pornography, which carries a punishment of up to 30 years in prison.

Epperson told officers that she was forced into the abuse at the request of Perkins, who has since married another woman.

Perkins admitted that he had sexually assaulted the child in August or September 2011, and that he convinced Epperson to produce images of child pornography with the child. She sent them to him via text messages and email.

The child referred to Perkins as the bad smelly man who had hurt him, and has since been placed in protective custody, according to the affidavit.

Perkins was transferred to Fort Hood in November 2011. Before reporting there, he made a trip to his hometown of Dallas, Oregon.

During December 2011 and January 2012, according to the affidavit, he instructed Epperson with specific types of sexual acts he wished to be recorded and sent to him. As the time passed, the sexual abuse progressed to more abusive levels.

Epperson recorded performing sex acts with the boy, and sent the images, the investigators said.

Investigators recovered text messages confirming Perkins’ sexual interest in children and the production, distribution and receipt of child pornography, according to the affidavit.

U.S. Magistrate's Judge Pamela Mathy ordered Perkins and Epperson, of Garland, held without bond pending bail hearings Thursday.