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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

June 22, 2010

Edward J. Tarver, United States Attorney

Contact: James D. Durham
First Assistant United States Attorney
(912) 201-2547

Keysville Man Arrested for Impersonating Ft. Gordon Officer Detained Without Bond

AUGUSTA, GA — ANTHONY TODD SAXON, 34, of Keysville, Georgia, was ordered yesterday detained without bond by United States Magistrate Judge W. Leon Barfield. SAXON’s detention arises from five federal charges filed last week after his June 15 arrest on the Fort Gordon Military Reservation.

In separate criminal complaints filed on June 16 and June 18, SAXON was charged with impersonating a soldier, theft of government property, possessing a firearm by a convicted felon, possessing a silencer, and unlawful possession of explosives.

During the detention hearing, Magistrate Judge Barfield found that SAXON posed a danger to the community. Judge Barfield remarked that he was particularly troubled by SAXON’s pattern of deception in holding himself out as an Army master sergeant on the verge of a combat deployment and his accumulation of an array of weapons.

United States Attorney Edward J. Tarver praised the joint investigation led by Special Agent Jason Gustin of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Special Agent Ronald Rhodes of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Tarver said Fort Gordon is one of several vital military bases within the Southern District of Georgia. The United States Attorney’s Office will prosecute those who attempt to gain access, equipment and weapons without authorization. Tarver emphasized that a criminal complaint is merely an accusation and is not evidence of guilt.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Carlton R. Bourne, Jr. and Stephen T. Inman. For additional information, please contact First Assistant United States Attorney James D. Durham at (912) 201-2547.