Former Navy Corpsman Gets 20 years in Prison on Child Sex Charges

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A former Navy corpsman who treated wounded troops in Iraq was sentenced to 20 years in prison on child sex charges.

Joshua Alan Dunlap, of South Carolina, was arrested in St. John's County last year after arranging to meet with a fictional 14-year-old girl there and an 11-year-old girl in Lake Mary for sex, according to federal court documents.

U.S. District Judge Roy Dalton Jr. sentenced Dunlap, 38, on Tuesday.

Dunlap told an undercover FBI agent he was a "bondage expert" during online conversations and in text messages, according to court records. He said his bedroom was set up as a play dungeon. Agents later found sex toys, masks and dog collars engraved with "Joshua's Pet" and "Joshua's Toy" in his home, according to court documents.

Dunlap described sexual fantasies with the girls to an undercover agent who said he was in Lake Mary and an undercover sheriff's detective in Jacksonville. Both officers reached Dunlap through an online advertisement seeking "taboo mommies," according to court records.

Dunlap, who has been treated for post traumatic stress disorder and depression after a deployment to Iraq, apologized in a letter to the judge and asked for the minimum possible sentence, which was 10 years. The judge had the option of sentencing Dunlap to as much as life in prison.

"To my deep regret I neglected my moral beliefs and rationalized participating in unconchinable [sic] behavior," Dunlap wrote. "I am grateful that I was caught without my actions causing harm to an actual child."

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This article was written by Krista Torralva from The Orlando Sentinel and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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