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Government computer used for child porn, police say

Posted: February 28, 2012 - 12:39pm

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An Army chaplain arrested on a charge of obscene Internet contact with a child in January was using a government computer at Fort Gordon to communicate with a Lee County sheriff’s investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl.

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 female in south Georgia, but told him to leave the conversation.

Locke did not leave the conversation, however, and continued contacting him through throughout December and into January, Goodwin said by phone Tuesday. At one point, Locke sent a video of himself completely nude, 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 on the Lee County charge on Jan. 18, “we’d had multiple contacts at that point,” Goodwin said.

Goodwin said the FBI was contacted and asked to get involved because some of the alleged crime occurred on federal property. 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.

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iwaspregnantin1993

Creep

Lock him up and throw away the dang key!

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