JBLM soldier arrested on child porn charges

Staff writerSeptember 7, 2013 

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was brought home from Afghanistan this month after admitting to possessing and distributing child pornography, according to court records.

Robert Bruce Campbell, 37, pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to remain on base.

This is the second time Campbell has been arrested for possessing child porn, although charges were never filed in the first case. In 2006, his wife called authorities after finding inappropriate pictures of children in his gym bag, records show.

Puyallup tribal police were notified by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in March that Campbell exchanged emails that included child porn images. The investigation was turned over to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in May because of where he lives.

In July, detectives learned Campbell had been deployed to Afghanistan and asked military officials to seize his electronics and return them for forensic processing, charging papers state.

During an interview with the military Aug. 12, Campbell allegedly admitted to using his iPhone to download, view and distribute child porn. He was brought back to JBLM on Wednesday. Prosecutors said they might add charges after his cellphone, X-box and a CD are examined.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 stacia.glenn@ thenewstribune.com

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