Columbia County authorities have arrested a Fort Gordon sergeant on charges of pimping and pandering after a search of his home Thursday, a Sheriffs Office spokesman said.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Campbell, 29, was arrested after Columbia County deputies, along with officers from Fort Gordons Criminal Investigative Division, the Grovetown Department of Public Safety and the Richmond County Sheriffs Office searched Sgt. Campbells home in the 600 block of Lory Lane in Grovetown, said Columbia County sheriffs Capt. Steve Morris.
Officers seized computers, bank records and miscellaneous paperwork during their search of Sgt. Campbells home, Capt Morris said. Capt Morris said he was told by Army investigators who initiated the investigation that Sgt. Campbells 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 cant release any details at this time.
I cant comment on anything regarding the investigation, Mr. Castro said.