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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Missouri and Tennessee Residents Charged with Distribution of Child Pornography as Part of Operation Kick Boxer

Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on May 18, 2021, a federal grand jury handed down an indictment alleging that Joshua A. Gama (age: 35) of Bridgeton, Missouri, distributed child pornography in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(2)(A).

Later that morning, the same grand jury handed down a separate indictment alleging that David J. Dexter (age: 43) of Lebanon, Tennessee, also distributed child pornography in violation of federal law.

Gama is charged with two counts of distributing child pornography. Dexter is charged with a single count of distribution. Each count carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years of incarceration in federal prison upon conviction.

Each man’s indictment is a direct result of Operation Kick Boxer, a collaborative effort involving the Milwaukee Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office https://go.usa.gov/xHzJp.

Both Gama and Dexter utilized a popular internet messaging platform to access chat rooms in which they each are alleged to have distributed child pornography. Each man was investigated separately and there is no known connection between the two. 

These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Milwaukee, Green Bay, Memphis, Nashville, and St. Louis Offices, as well as the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.  They will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  Each defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.   

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Updated May 19, 2021