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Army sergeant gets 28 years in child porn case

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 4:30 am

WACO — A Fort Hood soldier will serve prisontime after he pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.

Sgt. Gary Allen Burgess, 41, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to more than 28 years in federal jail by U.S. District Judge Walter S. Smith Jr. Smith also ordered Burgess to pay a $1,000 fine and $80,000 in restitution to his victim and serve eight years of probation after completing his prison term.

In late 2011, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division authorities executed a search authorization at the defendant’s residence at Fort Hood based on a report of a sexual assault of a minor, according to court records.

Searches of various seized electronic media that belonged to the defendant revealed the presence of about 80 sexually explicit images of someone younger than 12 years old.

On June 6, Burgess pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography.

In October, Burgess’ wife, Caroline, was sentenced to two years in federal prison and one year of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of tampering with a witness, victim or informant.

According to court records, Caroline Burgess attempted to persuade a minor victim in this case to recant allegations of sexual abuse against Burgess in October.

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