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Army Ranger instructor charged with raping teen at local beach

NAVARRE, Florida (WKRG) -  

UPDATE 1:00 PM

NAVARRE, Florida (WKRG) - -  Eglin Air Force Base has confirmed that Sergeant First Class Richard Cruz is assigned to the 6th Ranger Training Battalion as a Ranger Instructor.  

ORIGINAL STORY:

Richard Cruz, II, has been arrested and charged with sexual assault on a person between 12 and 18 and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and is being held on $750,000 bond.

According to the arrest report, Cruz took the alleged victim to Navarre Beach and offered her beer and $50 to go "skinny dipping" on March 29.  The report states that the female victim took off her jersey and shorts and got into the water, but Cruz told her that was not skinny dipping and he wasn't going to pay her. She returned the car and drank beer and then took off her bra on returned to the water.  

After they were done swimming and back in the car, according to the report, Cruz told the victim "come on let's do it, nobody will know." The victim reportedly told Cruz no multiple times, but Cruz "climbed over the center console, pulled the lever to lower the seat back and then inserted himself."

The alleged victim was taken to Ft. Walton Hospital after inappropriate pictures were discovered on Cruz's cell phone by an unidentified person, according to the report. Doctors noted injuries consistent with a sexual assault and a sexual assault kit was completed.

Richard Cruz was detained and interviewed Friday at Camp Rudder, a U.S. Army Ranger School on the grounds of Eglin Air Force Base.

WKRG has reached out to both Eglin AFB and the U.S. Army for more information on Richard Cruz, but our requests have not yet been answered.


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