Army colonel arrested in internet sting relieved of his command

Army colonel arrested in internet sting relieved of his command

FORT JACKSON, SC (WIS) - Fort Jackson has confirmed that the Army colonel who was one of several people arrested in an internet bust conducted by the Richland County Sheriff's Department has been relieved of his command.

Fort Jackson says Fernando Guadalupe, Jr., who was arrested for solicitation in an internet crime sting announced last month, is no longer among the leadership on-post. Fort Jackson confirmed his relief due to his solicitation arrest.

"Col. Fernando Guadalupe Jr., was relieved of his command at the Leader Training Brigade based at Fort Jackson. Maj. Gen. Malcolm Frost, Commander for the Army Center for Initial Military Training, formally removed Col. Guadalupe Aug. 1, 2018, due to a loss in confidence in Col. Guadalupe's ability to command," Fort Jackson Media Relations Officer Leslie Ann Sully said. "The Army has designated an interim commander to lead the Leader Training Brigade until an official assumption of command takes place at an undetermined time in the future."

MORE: 'Get these monsters off our streets': Dozens arrested in SC online predator sting

Sully confirmed that Guadalupe was under investigation prior to his relief of command, but the current misconduct is not linked to any previous investigation.

"In addition, it is not uncommon for commanders to undergo investigations when allegations arise to ensure good order and discipline, and the safety of all those involved," Sully said. "A previous investigation was conducted on Col. Guadalupe's command and there were no substantiated allegations of wrongdoing or misconduct."

Guadalupe was one of 38 people arrested in the Richland County Sheriff's Department's "Operation Full Armor," where the arrests range from prostitution to the solicitation of a minor.

The colonel's charge is not associated with minors.

Copyright 2018 WIS. All rights reserved.