Citadel cadet arrested on child porn charges

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JOSHUA H RUMPH t180A 21-year-old Citadel cadet was arrested Monday on child pornography charges, authorities said.

Joshua Heyward Hughes Rumph, of Knollwood Drive, Clemson, is charged with one count of third-degree criminal exploitation of a minor. He was being held in the Cannon Detention Center.

The Charleston Police Department was called to The Citadel in February after workers in the school’s information technology department discovered inappropriate images in a folder on a cadet’s computer, according to a police incident report. Police took custody of the computer and began a forensic examination. The arrest warrant accuses him of “knowingly possessing material that contains a visual representation of minors engaged in sexual activity.”

At a bond hearing today, Charleston County Magistrate Linda S. Lombard set bail at $50,000.

Rumph’s parents were present during the hearing. Rumph’s attorney, Timothy Kulp told Lombard that his client’s parents were hoping he would be able to return with them to their home in Clemson.

As a condition of his release, Rumph is prohibited from using a computer or any other device to access the Internet and is prohibited from contact with anyone under the age of 18.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of incorrect information provided to The Post and Courier, previous versions of this story incorrectly stated the charge against Rumph.

Source: postandcourier