Ft. Gordon official arrested following child porn investigation

Cyber Command Colonel Jonathan Hurwitz
Cyber Command Colonel Jonathan Hurwitz

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – A Fort Gordon Colonel is facing jail time after being accused of distributing child pornography.

Cyber Command Colonel Jonathan Hurwitz is accused of sending and receiving child pornography.

On July 18th, a member of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce began investigating the download of a ‘file of interest’ to child pornography investigations.

The file was being downloaded via BitTorrent, a file-sharing application.

The investigator traced the file to a computer that was offering over 100 files available for download, among them photos and videos of minors approximating in ages from 9 to 15.

Law enforcement found the computer to be on a Comcast internet service belonging to Jonathan Hurwitz.

After confirming his identity, a search and seizure warrant was executed for Hurwitz’s home on September 8th.

Hurwitz cooperated with agents during the search of his home.

He admitted to downloading child pornography and specified terms he would search for. He indicated that the youngest children he would view were toddlers.

Hurwitz stated that he had never sexually abused any children.

During the interview, he made a phone call to his wife to tell her that the home was being searched because he had been downloading child pornography. He stated he was admitting to it because he had always instructed soldiers under his command to take responsibility for their actions.

Agents seized approximately 18 electronic devices from the home. Preliminary investigations revealed approximately 65 files containing child pornography on Hurwitz’s personal computer.

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