At least hundreds, potentially thousands of files containing personal information were discovered by News 5 in Fountain Colorado along a dirt road, originating from Fort Carson. The files contained names, Social Security numbers, financial records and details of sexual assaults, hate crimes and other alleged crimes committed by former soldiers. News 5 sifted through the abandoned records and discovered detailed information about Department of Defense investigations into soldiers’ conduct, disciplinary actions taken under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the results of alleged hate crime, drug dealing, and at least one rape on a civilian woman investigations. Among these Fort Carson records were also records containing personal information of witnesses and victims, including the medical results from one civilian woman’s alleged rape case. The records were dated from 2009 to 2013.
News 5 contacted Fort Carson’s Public Affairs Office immediately upon discovery and the army plans to contact each individual whose name and information appear in the files. The army has also created a telephone contact line for anyone who feels they may have been impacted by this incident.
Fort Carson spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Brown told News 5 that they were investigating the incident and that they believe that a Department of Defense employee is the root of this breach. More information will be released as it is uncovered.