Former Fort Gordon major sentenced in child pornography production case

A former Army major at Fort Gordon was sentenced in a child pornography case, according to news outlet WJBF. (AJC file photo)

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A former Army major at Fort Gordon was sentenced in a child pornography case, according to news outlet WJBF. (AJC file photo)

Credit: U.S. Army

A former Army major at Fort Gordon was sentenced in a child pornography case, according to news outlet WJBF.

Jason Musgrove of Grovetown was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Augusta to 30 years in federal prison for child pornography and trafficking, WJBF reported.

According to court testimony and documents, Musgrove admitted using a hidden camera to film juvenile victims in a bathroom of his home, the news outlet reported.

“My crimes have blotted out all the good I’ve achieved in my life,” Musgrove said at his sentencing, according to WJBF. “I am a burden on society. This is a position I despise and never expected to occupy.”

In addition to the 30 years in federal prison, Musgrove must pay restitution of $9,000 to each of the victims and follow supervised release of 15 years after his time served behind bars. Musgrove must also not have any contact with children under age 18, including his own children, WJBF reported.

Musgrove pleaded guilty in September in U.S. District Court in Augusta to the production of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia said in a news release.

The Augusta Chronicle reported Musgrove was an integrated threat operations officer assigned to the Army Cyber Joint Headquarters at Fort Gordon at the time of his arrest in December 2019.

Federal investigators said Musgrove joined the instant messaging mobile app Kik, where he discussed incest in a private group. On the same app, he sent pictures or video of an underage girl when he joined the chat.

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The investigators said he kept sending messages back and forth on the app with an undercover agent until his arrest.

“We’re grateful to our FBI partners for their work in identifying and removing this threat to children. Their diligent and fast action in this case is inspiring,” U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine previously said in a statement. “There is no place in the Southern District where such a despicable predator will be allowed to hide from justice.”