Warning: This story includes disturbing information.

A former Manchester man has been charged with the distribution of child pornography.   

Maj. Jason Michael Musgrove, 39, formerly of Manchester, is assigned to the U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon, Ga., has been charged with distribution of child pornography, according to a press release by Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.  

According to a NY Daily News report, the army major filmed a teenage relative with a spy camera and then shared the images in an incest-themed chat room, federal authorities announced Monday.

An undercover FBI officer caught 39-year-old Musgrove sharing the images and making sexual remarks about the victim in a series of disturbing messages posted on instant messaging mobile app Kik on Dec. 4 and 5, Daily News reports.

Authorities say the suspect, who was charged Monday with distribution of child pornography, told the undercover agent he’s sniffed the victim’s dirty panties, touched her in her sleep and masturbated to her images, among several other statements. He also said he planned to drug her and rape her, according to the affidavit, NY Daily News reports.

Musgrove who now resides in Grovetown, Ga., was charged in U.S. District Court Monday morning in a federal criminal complaint, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

Musgrove is an Integrated Threat Operations Officer with Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information clearance. He is assigned to the Army Cyber Joint Headquarters at Fort Gordon.

"According to court testimony and documents, the case in which Musgrove is charged occurred on or about Dec. 5. Following a hearing before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Brian Epps, Musgrove was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service," the release says. 

A criminal complaint contains only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Lyons.

Musgrove is a 1998 graduate of Coffee County Central High School. He has also served several deployments in Africa and is the recipient of multiple awards, including two bronze star medals he earned during his service in Iraq and two meritorious service medals. 

 
 

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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