Fort Gordon sergeant arrested on pimping charge

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Patrick Campbell

Columbia County authorities have arrested a Fort Gordon sergeant on charges of pimping and pandering after a search of his home Thursday, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Staff Sgt. Patrick Campbell, 29, was arrested after Columbia County deputies, along with officers from Fort Gordon’s Criminal Investigative Division, the Grovetown Department of Public Safety and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office searched Sgt. Campbell’s home in the 600 block of Lory Lane in Grovetown, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Officers seized “computers, bank records and miscellaneous paperwork” during their search of Sgt. Campbell’s home, Capt Morris said. Capt Morris said he was told by Army investigators who initiated the investigation that Sgt. Campbell’s arrest “is not a small part of a larger operation,” but is believed to be an isolated “sting” that included advertisements on the online classified site Craigslist.

Craigslist has been implicated in recent weeks in prostitution stings nationwide, including 21 arrests Wednesday in Detroit for prostitution and pandering, and two arrests for pimping Thursday at an Atlanta hotel.

Sgt. Campbell, who is being held at the Columbia County Detention Center, is charged with on one count each of pimping and pandering. His bond is set at $4,200, according to jail records.

Marla Jones, a spokesman for Fort Gordon, confirmed that Sgt. Campbell is assigned to the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Gordon, and referred all questions about the investigation to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command in Fort Belvoir, Va.

Jeffrey Castro, a public affairs specialist with the command, said the investigation is “ongoing, and to protect the integrity of the investigation we can’t release any details at this time.

“I can’t comment on anything regarding the investigation,” Mr. Castro said.

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