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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Georgia

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Former Fort Gordan Resident Sentenced To Over 5 Years In Prison And 30 Years Of Supervised Release For Abusive Release For Abusive Sexual Contact With A Child

AUGUSTA, GA: David Dean Erskine, 43, most recently having lived at Fort Gordon Military Base, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall to 63 months in prison, followed by 30 years of supervised release, for the abusive sexual contact with a minor.  Erskine pled guilty to the charge in October 2014.  Erskine, who was detained following his February 2014 arrest, was returned to custody at the conclusion of the sentencing hearing.

The evidence at Erskine’s guilty plea and sentencing hearings showed that, while the six-year-old daughter of a military member was visiting another residence on Fort Gordon military base in the Fall of 2013, Erskine, who was living in that residence at the time, exposed his penis to the girl, and asked her to touch it.  When questioned about the accusation, Erskine admitted the conduct.  The investigation arose out of comments made by the girl to a relative, who reported the information to the girl’s mother.  The mother then contacted Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) who undertook a forensic interview of the girl, and interviewed several other individuals, including Erskine.  It was later learned that Erskine engaged in the same type of behavior on at least two other occasions. 
The FBI’s Cyber Crime/Child Exploitation Task Force (CCCX) also assisted with the investigation.  The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, which is a nationwide U.S. Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. 
Assistant United States Attorney Nancy Greenwood, Deputy Criminal Chief in the Augusta U. S. Attorney’s Branch Office, prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.  For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.

Updated April 13, 2015