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Press Release

Former Army Master Sergeant Sentenced for Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

NEW BERN, N.C. – A former army Master Sergeant was sentenced today to 76 years’ imprisonment followed by lifetime supervised release for Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography.

According to court documents and other information presented in court, Joshua Robert George Glardon, 41, was investigated by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation in July 2021 for child exploitation offenses.      

The investigation began when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received three CyberTips from Kik social media that one of its users had uploaded child sexual abuse material on multiple days.  The IP address used to upload the images belonged to Joshua Glardon who lived in Fayetteville.  Two of the images in the CyberTip appeared to be homemade images.  Pursuant to a search warrant, Glardon’s digital devices were seized. After a forensic analysis was complete, law enforcement found thousands of images of child sexual abuse material on his phone. Included in those files were images of the child that appeared to be homemade images that were a part of the CyberTips. 

Law enforcement officers were able to identify the child through chat messages Glardon had with Amy Huddleston.  When law enforcement learned Huddleston had access to this child, a search warrant was executed on Huddleston’s residence.  In an interview, Huddleston confessed to allowing Glardon to rape this child.  She admitted she would take images and videos of the child, including videos of her performing sexual acts on the child, and send them to Glardon.  A forensic analysis of Huddleston’s digital devices revealed chat conversations wherein Glardon and Huddleston discussed the sexual abuse of the child.

Glardon would then distribute the child’s images over the internet where he encouraged others to further share the images.  Law enforcement located nearly 50 conversations wherein Glardon had shared the child’s image and encouraged others to fantasize about brutally raping the child.

His co-defendant, Amy Huddleston, was sentenced in June to 30 years’ imprisonment.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after the sentencing was concluded.  U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan presided over the sentencing.  The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Charity Wilson prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on our website. Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No. 7:22-CR98-1FL.

Updated August 11, 2023

Topic
Project Safe Childhood