Army Recruiter Facing Child Porn Charges

Jonesboro police arrested an Army recruiter they say tried to solicit sex from a 16-year-old girl he met during a high school visit.

Greggory John DeBoer, 28, is charged with felony possession of child pornography, though police said he could soon face other charges.

The girl said she met DeBoer during a recruiting trip to her school in October and that the two began communicating by phone and the Internet the following day, Jonesboro police detective Ernest Ward wrote in an affidavit.

She said DeBoer asked her for photographs of herself, first clothed and then nude, and later asked her several times to meet for sex, but she refused, Ward wrote.

Police seized three computers and three cell phones during searches of DeBoer’s home and office, Ward said. Two of the phones and a laptop computer were government property, he said.

The child pornography charge stems from a nude photograph of the girl found on one of DeBoer’s computers, police said.

DeBoer is due back in court in January, when he is expected to enter a plea.

At his hearing Wednesday, DeBoer said he planned to hire an attorney. Jonesboro police Detective David McDaniel said Thursday he did not know whether DeBoer had hired one.

If convicted, DeBoer could face five to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. A judge also issued a no-contact order on DeBoer, preventing him from contacting the girl.

DeBoer told officers he had been in the Army for 9 1/2 years, two of those in Jonesboro, Ward wrote. DeBoer is married and a father, and has no prior criminal record, Ward said.

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