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U.S. District Senior Judge Jack T. Camp entered guilty pleas Friday to a federal drug felony and two misdemeanors associated with his arrest last month after a string of liaisons with a stripper and prostitute who also was a convicted drug felon and a confidential informant for the FBI. Camp, who was arrested with two guns in his possession while abetting a drug purchase, was not charged with any gun-related offenses. He also has agreed to help the government defend any challenges to cases he presided over as a judge. Under the plea agreement, Camp likely faces four to 10 months in prison and a fine of as much as $10,000. As a condition of his plea agreement with the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section in Washington, the 67-year-old judge also submitted his resignation from the bench to U.S. District Chief Judge Julie E. Carnes on Friday. Camp, a federal judge here since 1988 and who took senior status on Jan. 1, 2009, has been on leave with pay since he was arrested by the FBI on Oct. 1. Although Camp’s letter to Carnes said he was retiring from office, U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan—a visiting judge from the federal district court in Washington who was appointed by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court to oversee Camp’s case—made clear during Camp’s plea hearing Friday morning that Camp had resigned as a condition of the plea. Camp’s attorneys released a statement following the hearing that said he “deeply regrets the recent circumstances that have brought him to this day.” “Judge Camp will spend the coming months with his family to address the harm of recent events upon those close to him, upon his colleagues and upon the citizens of Georgia,” the statement said. “Judge Camp holds himself accountable for his personal actions and will strive to better understand and overcome the causes of his poor judgment.” Camp “hopes to make amends to the community by finding ways to put his substantial experience and many talents to good use,” the statement said. Camp pleaded guilty to one felony count of aiding and abetting a convicted felon—the stripper—in the unlawful possession of cocaine, the prescription pain reliever Roxycodone and marijuana while knowing that she had a drug felony conviction for using a telephone to commit a drug trafficking crime. That conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 days in prison, a fine of $2,500 plus the cost of investigation and prosecution. Camp could be sentenced to as long as two years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Camp also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor unlawful possession of cocaine, Roxycodone and marijuana between March and October this year, which carries a mandatory fine of $1,000 and a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Camp also pleaded guilty to a second misdemeanor count of conversion when he misappropriated a laptop computer issued to him by the federal government for his use as a judge and gave it to the stripper for her personal use. That offense carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. The government dropped a more serious charge, the illegal use of controlled substances while in possession of a firearm. That charge could have resulted in a sentence of as much as 10 years in prison. On Nov. 1, the law governing that offense was changed to give the court the option of reducing a sentence to as little as six months in prison and six months of home confinement based on circumstances that include a defendant’s acceptance of responsibility for his actions. But in accepting Camp’s guilty plea, which proposes a sentence of four to 10 months, the visiting judge emphasized that the plea agreement does not limit him to that sentencing range, and that he has the authority to depart from prosecutors’ recommendations. While Camp may appeal the judge’s sentence, he may not withdraw or appeal his plea. The Public Integrity Section also retains the right to appeal any sentence under the terms of the plea. A sentencing date has been set for March 4. Until then, Camp will remain free on a $50,000 unsecured bond. As part of Camp’s plea, the judge also agreed to cooperate in defending any inquiries regarding the integrity of judicial proceedings in which he has presided, including an agreement to submit to questioning by the DOJ and the FBI. Challenges already have been filed in at least two cases that Camp tried. During the hearing, Camp said he has never been treated for narcotic or alcohol addiction. Asked about other medical issues, Camp said he had “been examined on other matters” but added that “My doctor is of the opinion I am capable of understanding and making an informed plea.” The statement released by Camp’s attorneys stated that he had voluntarily undertaken “a complete professional evaluation last month in hopes of explaining the uncharacteristic nature of his actions. Testing results revealed no issues with controlled substances. In addition, those who examined him concluded his condition did not affect his judicial decisions in any way.” Camp’s counsel, William A. Morrison, previously told the Daily Report that Camp’s legal team had obtained copies of medical records of a 2000 bicycle accident in which Camp collided with a car and was hospitalized. “I’m going to rely on the professionals to tell me whether the bike accident or any other incident in his life had any impact on any behavior he has engaged in since then,” Morrison told the Daily Report. Camp’s guilty plea stems from a five-month romp with an Atlanta stripper whom he met last May at the Goldrush Show Bar on Metropolitan Parkway in South Atlanta, according to a statement of facts associated with Camp’s plea that Hogan read aloud at Friday’s hearing as Camp stood at the podium. Camp’s wife and adult son and daughter looked on. According to the court’s statement: After meeting the dancer, Camp said he wanted to see her again. She gave him her telephone number, and he called her the following day, arranging to meet her at an Atlanta hotel where he paid her for sex, and the two used cocaine. Between May and Camp’s Oct. 1 arrest, the two met multiple times for paid sex and they smoked marijuana and snorted cocaine, crushed Roxycodone and Xanax, a prescription anti-anxiety drug. Camp paid for the drugs, occasionally wiring the dancer funds via Western Union. Camp also asked a deputy U.S. marshal to conduct a background check on the dancer, explaining that he was considering renting her a house. The background check revealed that the dancer had a felony conviction. Camp later discussed with the dancer her conviction for using a telephone to commit a drug trafficking crime. When she told him it was hindering her in getting a job, Camp said he would try to help her out. In a recorded conversation the day Camp was arrested,Camp told the dancer that she “should tell the potential employer that her conviction ‘was a minor offense and that one of the judges on the court can explain that to him. And that it doesn’t indicate that you were really dealing drugs, you just made some phone calls.’” On two occasions during his association with the dancer, Camp carried a firearm while acquiring drugs. In June, the dancer, followed by Camp, traveled to Marietta to buy Roxycodone from a dealer. After she completed the purchase, she gave the pills to Camp. The judge had a small, semi-automatic handgun visible on the front seat of his car. On Oct. 1, three days after Camp had wired $290 to the dancer to buy Roxycodone and cocaine, she informed him that a drug dealer had taken her money without giving her the drugs, that she “felt guilty for having lost his money by being ripped off and wanted to fix her mistake but she was concerned for her safety and asked if Camp was willing to follow her.” . Camp replied: “I’ll watch your back anytime ’cause I’m afraid and I not only have my little pistol, I’ve got my big pistol so we’ll take care of any problems that come up.” About 90 minutes later, Camp and the dancer met in a grocery store parking lot on Shallowford Road in Atlanta. The dancer urged him to accompany her to buy the drugs. Camp said he wanted to meet the dealer, indicated he had a gun in his pocket and allowed the dancer to feel it. At the time, Camp also cautioned the dancer that she should buy the drugs because “you’ve already got a [criminal] record, and I don’t.” The two then drove separately to the Velvet Room in Chamblee, where they met with an undercover FBI agent posing as a drug dealer. After the dancer gave the undercover agent $160, he turned over a plastic bag of blue pills and a second plastic bag containing a white powder he said was cocaine. He told Camp he had given the dancer extra pills and that he “would be well taken care of in any future drug purchases,” Camp replied, “We’ll call you again.” The dancer then gave the bags to Camp, who put them in his pocket. The FBI then arrested the judge. Although Camp was not carrying his gun, in his car FBI agents found a loaded .380 Sig Sauer P238 with its hammer cocked and a chambered round and a loaded Colt MK IV Series 80 semiautomatic handgun. Asked by Hogan if his recitation of the facts were accurate, Camp replied: “I regret and am embarrassed that it is, your Honor.” Neither prosecutors nor Camp’s attorneys have revealed the name of the stripper who became the FBI informant, and she was not identified in court Friday. But The Smoking Gun, a Time-Warner website, identified the dancer shortly after Camp’s arrest as Sherry Ann Ramos. Two weeks ago, The Smoking Gun reported that Ramos had replaced her profile photo on her Facebook page with a graphic that said “CI-1″ (which is how the stripper is referred to in the information to which Camp pleaded guilty and other court documents associated with his arrest and plea.) Underneath the letters were what appeared to be three lines of white powder. Ramos pleaded guilty in 2005 to using a communications facility to commit a drug trafficking crime and was sentenced to four years in prison. She was released in 2009 and subsequently was arrested by Atlanta police for not having an adult entertainment permit, which the city requires of all strippers who perform in Atlanta clubs. Her probation also was revoked several times for drug use. On Friday, Ramos’ Facebook page, where she is listed as Sherry Ramos, no longer carried the “CI-1″ moniker. But she identified her employers as the Goldrush Show Bar from February 2010 and July 2010, under which she listed herself as an “exotic dancer” and “gold digger.” She also listed the “U.S. federal government” as an employer, listing her job as “CI” or confidential informant, in Atlanta. Underneath that listing, she had written, “You never know.”

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