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JBLM soldier pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has pleaded guilty to charges he possessed and distributed child pornography, an offense for which he was sent home from Afghanistan.

Robert Bruce Campbell, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges of first-degree and one count of second-degree possession of child pornography. He has been ordered held without bail until his sentencing Aug. 1.

Campbell was brought home from Afghanistan in September after Puyallup Tribal police were told by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that he had exchanged emails containing child pornography.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives, who investigated because of where Campbell lives, asked military officials overseas to seize his electronics for investigation.

Campbell told detectives he used his iPhone to download, distribute and look at child pornography.

He also was arrested for child pornography in 2006, when his wife called police after finding inappropriate photos of children in his gym bag, records show. Charges were never filed.

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