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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Federal prosecutors have filed charges against the director of the 2nd Infantry Division Museum, arrested in North Little Rock, Ark., for allegedly trading child pornography.

Museum director Robert Kim Combs, who has worked at Camp Red Cloud since 2001, allegedly mailed undercover police officers a compact disc containing more than 100 pornographic images of children.

He was arrested Jan. 2 in North Little Rock after allegedly traveling there to have sex with people he believed were a mother and her underage daughter, who turned out to be undercover police officers.

Combs initially faced state charges of possessing or distributing child pornography, but those are likely to be withdrawn now that the more serious federal charges have been filed.

Bud Cummins, a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, said the federal charges were filed either late Friday or early Saturday and that more could follow.

“I cannot comment on what those charges might be at this time, but if filed, they would be related to the same set of facts and circumstances that have been reported,” he said.

The state charges could be refiled if the federal prosecution is abandoned, he said.

Child-pornography cases are among the Bush administration’s top priorities, Cummins said.

Under the PROTECT Act of 2003, the federal penalties, which were already harsher than Arkansas state penalties for Combs’ alleged offenses, have become even more severe, Cummins said.

“There are minimum applicable sentences of something like three or five years and the maximum sentences have been inc×reased to either 15 or 20 years,” he said.

At a hearing in North Little Rock on Saturday morning, U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Forster ordered Combs’ detention in federal custody pending trial.

Cummins said his office must follow the filing of a complaint with an indictment to the next available grand jury, likely to be in the first week of February.

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