JBLM soldier pleads not guilty to possessing child porn

Staff writerSeptember 6, 2013 

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was brought home from Afghanistan this month after admitting to possessing and distributing child pornography, according to court records.

Robert Bruce Campbell, 37, pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to remain on base.

This is the second time the man has been arrested for possessing child porn although charges were never filed in the first case. In 2006, the man’s wife called authorities after finding inappropriate pictures of children in his gym bag, records show.

Puyallup Tribal police were notified by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in March that the man exchanged emails that included child porn images. The investigation was turned over to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in May because of where the man lives.

In July, detectives found out the man had been deployed to Afghanistan and asked military officials to seize his electronics and return them for forensic processing, charging papers state.

During an interview with the military Aug. 12, the man allegedly admitted to using his iPhone to download, view and distribute child porn. He was brought back to JBLM Wednesday.

Prosecutors said they may add charges after his cell phone, X-box and a CD are examined.

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