Fort Cavazos soldier detained in Russia on theft allegations loses appeal

A Fort Cavazos soldier detained in Russia on allegations of theft has lost his appeal and will remain in custody.

The Associated Press, citing Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, says Sergeant Gordon Black will be held in Russia until at least July 2 after a lower court's ruling to place Black in custody pending investigation and trial was upheld.

34-year-old Black was deployed to South Korea and U.S. officials say he was about to return to Texas right before his arrest. 

Officials say Black, who is married, traveled to Russia to see a longtime girlfriend. 

Black is accused of stealing from her and Russian police say Black has confessed and is cooperating with investigators.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.