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    ‘Sadistic’ and ‘Cruel’: Judge Sentences Former Air Force Special Agent to 10 Years for Sex Abuse of Minor

    ‘Sadistic' and ‘Cruel': Judge Sentences Former Air Force Special Agent to 10 Years for Sex Abuse of Minor

    A former special agent was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after he pleaded guilty to a child sex crime that happened at Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

    Joshua Carl Harrod, 44, of Spanaway, Washington, who also later served as a National Guard recruiter, worked for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations when he sexually molested a child left in his care over a seven-month period in his home on the base, according to a Monday news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle said Harrod's crimes were “sadistic” and “indescribably cruel,” according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington. Harrod pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor, the news release said.

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    Harrod, according to authorities, sexually molested the child between October 2017 and April 2018 at his residence. A December sentencing memo from the U.S. attorney's office detailed that he was living at the time in a trailer in Holiday Park, a campground located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

    The minor victim was between the ages of seven and eight years old and would visit him on weekends, when Harrod would coerce the child “to engage in sexual acts,” the sentencing memo details.

    He left the Air Force in 2018 and went on to serve in the

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