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Officer charged with sharing child porn

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An Army warrant officer surrendered to police Thursday after being identified as sharing child pornography via the Internet.

Chief Warrant Officer Richard Andrew Mitchell, 47, of the 1300 block of Hawksmoor Way in Grovetown, was charged with sexual exploitation of children.

He was released from the Columbia County Detention Center late Thursday after posting a $15,100 bond, according to jail workers.

Mitchell is accused of using software to share child pornography over the Internet, according to a news release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. His arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the GBI, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Fort Gordon and the Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) Police Department to identify the person sharing the pornography.

Police subpoenaed information from Internet service providers to identify Mitchell as the distributor, according to the GBI news release. They seized a laptop computer and external hard drive from Mitchell's home July 15. On the laptop, authorities found movie files of suspected child pornography.

A GBI investigator got a warrant for Mitchell's arrest.

Buz Yarnell, a Fort Gordon spokesman, said he could not comment on the incident. Any action against Mitchell would be done after the conclusion of the criminal case, Yarnell said.

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LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 08/13/10 - 12:37 pm
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Sick!!!!!!!!

Sick!!!!!!!!

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 08/13/10 - 01:09 pm
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Fort Algin?

Fort Algin?

justus4
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justus4 08/13/10 - 01:23 pm
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The last paragraph about the
Unpublished

The last paragraph about the military waiting until after the "criminal investigation" is completed is troubling. This WO has disgraced the uniform and that disgrace is reflected on the entire command, and until UCMJ is rendered on this service member, his entire chain is under a dark cloud. This kinda stuff just keeps happening in all branches and just don't seem to add up. Advise: Give this guy ETS papers and let the civilian authorities deal with him.

KingJames
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KingJames 08/13/10 - 01:51 pm
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Justus4, this guy has to be

Justus4, this guy has to be proven guilty in order for the military to take action. Until then, this is going to be treated no worse than if he had gotten a traffic ticket. Once found guilty, he will then be processed out of the military to serve his prison sentence. As bad as we would like to kick this guy out of the military, right now the charges are just allegations.

LynxRHot
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LynxRHot 08/13/10 - 02:13 pm
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Yes, the charges are just

Yes, the charges are just allegations but when a computer contains multiple movie files of child porn....hello!!

urright
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urright 08/13/10 - 02:33 pm
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Any other time Justus4 would

Any other time Justus4 would be screaming that it was a conspiracy and that we shouldn't be jumping to the conclusion that the guy was guilty. Wait a minute--he must be white.

kelnbri2003
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kelnbri2003 08/13/10 - 02:39 pm
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Really? Who is the editor for

Really? Who is the editor for this so-called newspaper. There is no Ft. Algin Air Force Base. There is however an Eglin AFB. In my opinion, this soldier admitted his guilt when he turned him self in. Now the legal system can take care of the rest.

3g
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3g 08/13/10 - 03:57 pm
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KingJames - Just allegations

KingJames - Just allegations ???????? Are you trying to make a joke or be sarcastic ? He turned HIMSELF in , and his computer has child porn movies - what else do YOU NEED to make it any clearer he is at least guilty of posession of child porn ?

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shadypines 08/13/10 - 04:53 pm
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Now, now, 3g... in this

Now, now, 3g... in this country, we are all innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And if this guy is found guilty, I hope his new buddies in prison show him exactly what they think of pedophiles.

3g
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3g 08/13/10 - 06:04 pm
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Shadypines - I KNOW you were

Shadypines - I KNOW you were being sarcastic in saying " innocent until proven guilty "

TheArmyWife
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TheArmyWife 08/13/10 - 08:54 pm
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UCMJ, Fort Gordon, handle

UCMJ, Fort Gordon, handle things appropriately...what madness!

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flippinbricks 08/14/10 - 01:38 am
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This person is more than

This person is more than likely guilty but that will be for a court to decide, not us sitting comfortably in the confines of our own little worlds. I wanted to raise attention to an alarming fact that less than 10% of persons arrested for child porn swapping are actually innocent. It has become known that hackers are responsible for breaking into personal computers, partitioning and storing their media in hidden ares of your hard drive. You, as the average user, are unaware of this atrocity until law enforcement comes knocking on your door with a search warrant.

OMallen
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OMallen 08/14/10 - 10:52 am
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flippinbricks, GBI and USACIL

flippinbricks, GBI and USACIL have computer experts that can easily determine if the person downloaded the child pornography or if it was put on there by hackers. They have the computer and hard drives, so its only a matter of time.

Dome
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Dome 08/14/10 - 06:54 pm
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Don't be quick to judgment.

Don't be quick to judgment. I can easily plant any file/program on a computer (over the network) and you would never know it is there. I can run programs in a way that you will never see them.

Bad guys have been doing this for years and often turn computer's into zombies to do their bidding.

RAINBOW
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RAINBOW 08/14/10 - 07:03 pm
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if a person admits thier

if a person admits thier guilt how come they have to wait till a court proves them guilty?

otterguy
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otterguy 08/15/10 - 03:06 pm
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It seems that everyone thinks

It seems that everyone thinks he's guilty because he turned himself in, but wouldn't everyone claim he's guilty if he ran too? So how would someone show his innocense? Sad story this is! Very sad.

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robbie1 08/17/10 - 08:08 pm
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Many posts recommend that the

Many posts recommend that the military take action before the man has been tried. Fortunately, the military will not. Once the state decides his fate, the military can take action. Just because he is military does not mean he has any fewer rights than anyone posting on this. We all agree that child porn freaks need to be jailed and should rot, but it must be done according to the law. Otherwise, what are the rest of us serving for?

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