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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — The 2nd Infantry Division Museum director has been arrested in North Little Rock, Ark., for allegedly trading child pornography and attempting to arrange sex with a minor, officials said Friday.

Robert Kim Combs, Camp Red Cloud’s museum director since 2001, traveled 6,800 miles to visit people he thought were a mother and her underage daughter, investigators say.

In fact, the pair — with whom he exchanged e-mails for two months — were undercover police officers. Combs was arrested Jan. 2.

His arrest is the first international “traveler” case the North Little Rock Police Department has uncovered since it began online investigations of potential sex offenders three years ago, officials said.

The department’s spokesman, Sgt. Jim Scott, said the 48-year-old grandfather, who was arrested with another alleged predator from Arizona, is the 35th person arrested in the online investigations.

“He’s by far set the record as far as distance coming to Arkansas, but more and more predators have the means to travel. That part is kind of scary,” Scott said.

Combs, who is being held on a $100,000 bond and has surrendered his passport, mailed the investigators a compact disc containing images of children in sexually explicit positions, Scott said.

“His goal was to come to Arkansas and meet the mom and child and take photographs. Ultimately he wanted to have sex with the daughter,” he said.

Combs is charged with possessing or distributing child pornography but could also face federal charges including child inducement, investigators said.

The 2nd Infantry Division public affairs office confirmed Combs was under arrest, but would not comment further.

“The case is currently under investigation and we are cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities,” the office said in a statement.

Museum staff wouldn’t comment on the fate of their popular but eccentric supervisor, who often drove to work in a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.

At the museum Friday, rubber-gloved investigators from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command interviewed Combs’ coworkers and examined his office, photographic negatives and computer equipment there.

The Army investigation is limited to Combs’ on-base activities, officials said.

North Little Rock police said it was possible South Korean police could be involved in searching Combs’ off-base residence in Uijongbu. A Uijongbu police spokesman, contacted Friday afternoon, said he knew nothing of the case.

The Army’s undercover officers, would not comment on whether they would interview children Combs had contact with at Red Cloud.

Many children who’ve accompanied Red Cloud-based soldiers to South Korea have spent time with Combs. He organized a Halloween party at the museum last year and played the role of Santa Claus at base Christmas parties the past two years.

One soldier’s spouse who attended the party said Combs behaved normally around the children.

“I was standing right beside him and he was really good with the children. Nobody had a bad word to say about him,” said the spouse, who asked not to be named.

Another woman, who attended the party along with her child, said Combs’ arrest was “a complete shock because he seemed like a really nice guy.”

“He seemed genuinely enthusiastic about playing Santa and we really did need a volunteer. He seemed perfect for the spot, not because he looked like Santa but because he’s a very enthusiastic person,” said the mother, who said she was not concerned about the well-being of the base children.

“They are all supervised and the base has very strict regulations about that,” she said.

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