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CRESCENT, Okla. – An American soldier is the subject of international discussion and has caused quite a stir in a place he once called home.

Pfc. Bradley Manning admitted to giving classified documents and battlefield video to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks.

He was acquitted of aiding the enemy Tuesday but convicted on many other counts of theft and espionage.

Manning lived in Crescent when he was in kindergarten through the eighth grade before his parents divorced and he moved to Britain with his mother.

“That’s a little bit of a shame,” said Stephen Richards. “But at the same time, the kid didn’t cause any trouble when he was here.”

Many of the 1,500 people who live in Crescent are upset that Manning is the reason their town is gaining worldwide recognition.

Danny Nealis said, “They’re getting kind of a bad reputation for something that’s really not their doing.”

Many people believe since Manning was not born in Crescent and moved away by the time he was 13-years-old, their town should be left out of the mix.

Richards said, “I don’t think you can hold Crescent accountable for that.”

Manning was convicted on 19 of 21 charges and faces up to 136 years in prison.

His sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday morning.