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Conscientious objector charged, accused of child porn

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The Fort Campbell soldier who has been looking for a way out of the military is now facing new trouble.

First he requested a discharge because he's Muslim, but now he's being charged with dozens of counts of child pornography.

Private First Class Naser Abdo first filed a conscientious objector's claim a year ago based on his Muslim faith.

Now, he's been charged with child pornography after 34 images were found on his government issued computer.

"I'm here to assert my innocence. I did not put child pornography on the government computer," said Abdo.


What do the charges mean for Abdo's conscientious objector's status? Abdo has been approved but he must remain enlisted.


"Because PFC Abdo is pending court-martial for possession of child pornography, his discharge will not be approved until all disciplinary actions have been resolved," said a military representative at Fort Campbell where Abdo is posted.

Abdo claims this is the military's way of retaliating against him and he's now questioning the timing.

The military began investigating Abdo in November of 2010.  They charged him on May 15, 2011, two days after he was approved by the Secretary of the Army as a conscientious objector.

"It has been nearly 10 months since the investigation started and I am only now being charged with child pornography when my C.O. claim is approved. I think that all sounds pretty fishy," said Abdo.

The military is adamant that one has nothing to do with the other.  In fact, a representative there said, "His application status as a C.O. and the charges he faces for possessing child pornography are completely unrelated."

Abdo and his lawyer argue just the opposite and they plan to take that claim all the way.


"What matters to me is that I did the right thing by my book. I refused to go to Afghanistan because it was against my Islamic conditions and I will refuse to accept these charges because I'm a man of truth, I'm a Muslim, I'm a soldier and I'm a human being," said Abdo.

Abdo has an evidence hearing Wednesday morning at 9.

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