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Former Shaw AFB vice commander charged with child porn

Shaw Air Force Base’s former vice commander who was relieved of his duty earlier this year faces criminal charges, including for child pornography.

Officials at Shaw Air Force Base reported Col. William R. Jones was charged with possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice on June 29, according to a news release.

Jones serves as the Headquarters Ninth Air Force deputy chief of safety.

Jones took over as the 20th Fighter Wing vice commander at the base in April of 2014 but was relieved of his duty in February for loss of confidence, according to The Sumter Item.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 8 to “conduct an inquiry into the matter,” the release stated.

“The charges are being worked through the legal process outlined in the UCMJ, and Col. Jones is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law,” said Colonel Stephen Jost, 20th Fighter Wing Commander.