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A Vilseck-based soldier was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison on charges he downloaded child pornography from the Internet while stationed in Germany and Iraq, according to a trial summary released Wednesday.

Sgt. Dean Bodoh II, 27, of the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, pleaded guilty Aug. 11 to three counts of receiving and possessing images of child pornography as well as to one count of violating a lawful general order by viewing pornography in Iraq, according to the summary by the 1st Infantry Division’s staff judge advocate.

Besides the jail term, Col. R. Peter Masterton, the military judge, ordered Bodoh reduced to the lowest enlisted rank, to forfeit all pay during his confinement and to receive a bad-conduct discharge.

The summary said Bodoh began using the program Kazaa to search for and download child pornography on a personal computer in his barracks room in October 2001. After his unit deployed to Iraq, he once used a government computer in an Internet Café at his unit’s base to view the illicit photos.

According to the summary, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command launched an investigation following the unit’s return from Iraq in the spring of 2004. A search of his barracks found both video and still images of child pornography on his personal computer and floppy disks.

Bodoh’s attorney, David Court, said the soldier didn’t download any child pornography until the spring of 2002. That was after he had gone to his chain of command and confessed his urge to view it. His command referred him to Army social services. Instead of helping Bodoh, Court said, the social worker informed CID.

“He did the exact right thing,” Court said later. “He went to the chain of command, and they sent him to a social worker. Then they turned him in to the cops.”


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