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Government computer at Fort Gordon used for inappropriate contact with teen, police say

Army chaplain sent 'obscene' messages from computer on post

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 9:44 AM
Last updated 11:21 PM
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An Army chaplain arrested last month on a charge of obscene Internet contact with a child was using a government computer at Fort Gordon to communicate with a south Georgia sheriff’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl, authorities said Tuesday.

Second Lt. Brian Tepe was arrested Feb. 3 as part of an undercover operation by Greene County police and the FBI.  SPECIAL
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Second Lt. Brian Tepe was arrested Feb. 3 as part of an undercover operation by Greene County police and the FBI.



Lee County sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Goodwin said Lonnie Locke, an Army major, first contacted him Dec. 1 in an online chat room. Goodwin gave his age, sex and location as a 14-year-old girl in south Georgia, but told him to leave the conversation.

Locke continued contacting him throughout December and into January, Goodwin said Tuesday. At one point, Locke sent a nude video of himself, then shipped a Web camera in a dinosaur puzzle box to an address he believed belonged to the girl with instructions to do the same, Goodwin said.

Goodwin said a lot of the correspondence occurred in the morning, including at Locke’s home in Columbia County and at his office at Fort Gordon. By the time he was arrested Jan. 18 on the Lee County charge, “we’d had multiple contacts at that point,” Goodwin said.

The FBI was asked to get involved because some of the crime occurred on federal property, Goodwin said. He said he wasn’t sure whether Columbia County or federal investigators have charges against Locke, but said Locke has one charge of obscene Internet contact with a child in Lee County.

Goodwin said Locke has posted bond.

“The man was very apologetic when I interviewed him,” Goodwin said.

In another case, 2nd Lt. Brian Tepe, of Martinez, was arrested Feb. 3 at Fort Gordon by Greene County sheriff’s investigators and the FBI. He was charged with obscene Internet contact with a child and electronically furnishing obscene material to minors as part of an undercover operation by the sheriff’s office. His arrest is not connected to Locke’s, Goodwin said.

A Greene County news release says that Tepe participated in online chats with a person he thought was a minor and that additional charges are possible.

Fort Gordon spokesman Buz Yarnell refused to comment Tuesday on theofficers’ status at the post or whether military police at Fort Gordon were pursuing criminal charges. Neither the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office nor the FBI has pressed charges against the suspects.

Army records show that Tepe, originally of North Dakota, joined in 1996 and was commissioned into Fort Gordon’s Signal Corps on Oct. 1, 2011. Locke, a veteran of the war in Iraq, joined the Army in 1986 and became an officer and chaplain in 1993. He reported to Fort Gordon on June 1, 2010.

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my.voice
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my.voice 02/28/12 - 10:56 am
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Doesnt get much worse than

Doesnt get much worse than this. A few weeks back there was some SOB story about a guy who was on a sex pervert list and wanted to get off. Someone commented it wasn't fair that these individuals are singled out when other criminals are not required to register. THIS IS WHY THEY MUST BE IDENTIFIED, THEY ARE PREYING ON OUR CHILDREN. Sexual predators should be neutered, and never let back into society. Its a sickness with no cure. If you insist on letting them out, I say paint them pink, then everyone would know.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 02/28/12 - 11:18 am
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I agree my.voice, I don't

I agree my.voice, I don't think they will ever be cured from an illness like that.

specsta
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specsta 02/28/12 - 12:13 pm
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The headline on this story is

The headline on this story is misleading. The story only mentions that the chaplain sent a nude video of himself to the investigator. There was no porn involving a child mentioned in the story. The headline needs to be corrected.

The saddest part of this story is that it was a military chaplain participating in this activity. We expect our religious leaders to hold up a higher standard in this world.

museofsatie
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museofsatie 02/28/12 - 12:34 pm
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Yes. The headline of this

Yes. The headline of this article should be changed to reflect the actual facts. Child porn is not the same as "obscene internet contact". Regardless of that, I'm glad this person was caught before he could contact an actual child in this way.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/28/12 - 12:46 pm
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It IS child porn if he thinks

It IS child porn if he thinks he is sending nude photos of himself to a 14-year-old!

TParty
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TParty 02/28/12 - 01:20 pm
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Specsta- The Chaplin believed

Specsta-

The Chaplin believed he was in contact with a a 14 year old girl the entire time. He did not think he was sending a police officer a web cam in a dinosaur puzzle box...

BamaMan
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BamaMan 02/28/12 - 01:23 pm
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What is WRONG with

What is WRONG with people???!!!

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 02/28/12 - 02:21 pm
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Absolutely sick!
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Absolutely sick!

raul
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raul 02/28/12 - 03:07 pm
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Obviously spiritual matters

Obviously spiritual matters weren't keeping him busy enough at work. Using a government computer at work is beyond stupid. I would think he would be prosecuted under the UCMJ too.

panamajoe98
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panamajoe98 02/29/12 - 02:18 am
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2d commenter. "I don't think

2d commenter. "I don't think they will ever be cured from an illness like that."
Sorry, I don't believe it's an illness, I believe it's a conscious choice. If society believes child porn is an "illness", it gives perps and lawyers an excuse.

cozzster
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cozzster 02/29/12 - 06:45 am
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“The man was very apologetic
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“The man was very apologetic when I interviewed him,” Goodwin said.

Haha I bet he was, his career is over now...I mean his Army career, not his ped career...

museofsatie
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museofsatie 03/01/12 - 12:30 am
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"It IS child porn if he

"It IS child porn if he thinks he is sending nude photos of himself to a 14-year-old!"

No. Child pornography is exactly what it sounds like; it's the use of children in pornographic pictures or videos (and, in some places, it also includes written things). Naked pictures of a grown man aren't child pornography, even if he does send them to a child.

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firstsergeantnewsome 03/05/12 - 04:23 pm
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Germany to keep castration

Germany to keep castration law
A government spokesman said: “Surgery helps where illnesses connected to an abnormal sex drive must be treated”.

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