AWOL Fort Campbell, Ky., soldier arrested in Texas

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Posted: Jul 28, 2011 11:18 AM
AWOL Fort Campbell, Ky., soldier arrested in Texas

Police say an AWOL Muslim soldier from Fort Campbell, Ky., who had been granted conscientious objector status has been arrested in Texas on a child pornography charge.

Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith says Pfc. Naser Abdo (AB'-doh) was jailed Thursday after his arrest a day before at a motel in the city near Fort Hood. She declined to release further details.

Abdo has been absent without leave since July 4th weekend.

The 21-year-old infantry soldier cited religious beliefs in applying for conscientious objector status last year. A military review board recommended in June he be separated from the Army.

The discharge was delayed because of the pornography charge. Abdo has said he thought he was charged with a crime because he sought to leave the Army as a conscientious objector.