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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Washington

Friday, February 21, 2020

Former JBLM soldier sentenced to 15 years in prison for production of child pornography

Sentence to run concurrent with ten-year term imposed by U.S. Army

Tacoma, Washington – A former U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 15 years in prison for production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  JOHN F. RINDT, 50, was previously sentenced to ten years in prison by a military tribunal for the same conduct.  U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan ordered the 15-year sentence to run concurrent to the military prison term.

According to records filed in the case, in 2012, while living in Lacey, Washington, RINDT made a video of himself molesting a sleeping child who was under the age of 12.  As part of his sentence, RINDT is required to pay $9,900 in restitution for counseling for the young child.

Following his release from prison, RINDT will be on lifetime supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by the FBI and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Grady Leupold.

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Updated February 21, 2020