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Soldier in training at Fort Gordon admits distributing child pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia
Guilty plea subjects defendant to minimum five-year prison sentence

AUGUSTA, GA:  A U.S. Army soldier in training at Fort Gordon awaits sentencing after admitting he distributed child pornography.

Joshua Gamble, 29, of Fort Gordon, pled guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The guilty plea subjects Gamble to a statutory minimum penalty of five years in prison, up to 20 years, along with substantial financial penalties and restitution, registration as a sex offender, and a significant period of supervised release after completion of his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

“Our vigilant law enforcement partners continue to identify and intercept online predators who engage in online exploitation of children,” said U.S. Attorney Estes. “We will be unrelenting in pursuing those who would victimize the most vulnerable among us.”

FBI agents investigating illegal distribution of child pornography via an Internet chat application arrested Gamble in in October on a complaint based on activity that took place on Aug. 10 and 11, 2021.

“A child is re-victimized every time pornographic images of that child are shared,” said Philip Wislar, Acting Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI is always prepared to do everything in our power, with a sense of urgency, to protect innocent children from being exploited by predators.”

The case is being investigated by the FBI, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator Tara M. Lyons.

Anyone with information on suspected child sexual exploitation can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678, or


Barry L. Paschal, Public Affairs Officer: 912-652-4422

Updated May 2, 2022

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 44-22