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Soldier charged with sodomy to be extradited
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Brandon T. Weaver, an active duty soldier stationed at Fort Stewart, is on his way to Liberty County to face a state charge of aggravated sodomy.
He was arrested in Ohio and is expected back here within 10 days. He is being transported by a private prisoner escort service.
On July 28, the Liberty County Sheriff's Office filed warrants for Weaver charging him with two counts of aggravated sodomy (rape) involving 14 year old and 17 year old victims. Weaver is originally from the Trumbull County community of Hartford in Ohio.
When Weaver became aware of the charges he allegedly stole a vehicle from a fellow soldier and fled to avoid arrest.
Weaver was a mechanic with the 139th Military Police Company at Fort Stewart and has been listed as Absent Without Leave since July 28.
On July 29, a concerned citizen contacted the local police to report that Weaver was wanted in Georgia and that he was in the area. Officers responded to the location provided; however Weaver was gone prior to officers' arrival. On July 30, members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force in Trumbull County initiated an investigation in an attempt, which located Weaver.  
An investigation into family members who may have aided Weaver while he was a fugitive is on going and officers anticipate filing charges on these family members in the near future.
The Warren Police Department, Warren Township Police Department, and the Trumbull County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.
Although Weaver is being returned on the authority of a Liberty County warrant, local authorities say he may face federal charges first.

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