BULLOCH CO., Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE: A former Bulloch County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography.
A former Bulloch County sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography.
Travis Tuenge, 44, of Statesboro, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and fined $1,500 by U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall after pleading guilty to one count of Possession of Child Pornography, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. After completion of his prison sentence, Tuenge must serve five years of supervised release and register as a sex offender.
There is no parole in the federal system.
According to court documents and testimony, Tuenge – who served as a Bulloch County Superior Court security officer – came under investigation after the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office received a report of Tuenge sending text messages in which he discussed victimization of children. With assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, investigators discovered images of child pornography on Tuenge’s cell phone.
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Travis Tuenge, 44, faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a substantial fine as well as a period of supervised release and registration as a sex offender.
“Exploitation of children through child pornography is a despicable crime that we will not tolerate in the Southern District of Georgia,” said U.S. Attorney Christine. “Travis Tuenge violated innocent children through his deviant behavior, but also violated the trust of his community and his oath of office as a law enforcement officer.”
Court documents show that Tuenge came under investigation after a report made to the Sheriff’s Office regarding suspicious text messages from Teunge alleged child victimization. An investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation found images of child pornography on Teunge’s phone.
“It is of utmost importance that public officials, especially sworn law enforcement officers, committing crimes be held accountable for their actions,” said Vic Reynolds, Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. “The GBI remains committed to working with our local and federal partners to ensure that these type cases are aggressively investigated and prosecuted in order to maintain the faith and trust of the public.”