Ex-Bulloch County deputy arrested on child porn charges

Crime & Safety

STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – A man who served as a deputy in Bulloch County for more than a decade is behind bars on child pornography and sexual exploitation charges.

Travis Tuenge, 43, of Statesboro, was taken into custody Thursday for Sexual Exploitation of Children and Possession of Child Pornography, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

On Monday, Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown requested the GBI to investigate an allegation of child molestation made against Tuenge. He was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Tuenge later resigned from the sheriff’s office. He had been there for more than 17 years.

The GBI served a search warrant and found evidence that Tuenge possessed child pornography. He was arrested by the United States Marshal’s Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force without incident and then booked in the Bulloch County Jail.

Travis Tuenge

News 3 spoke with a neighbor who says he’s shocked as a parent, and upset to see a member of law enforcement break their oath to serve and protect.

“That is a great shock to me,” said Philip Mance. “To breach an oath like that, that’s taken so seriously by our law enforcement agencies… I think it’s a great disrespect.”

Another Bulloch County resident said he’s not shocked by much anymore but says something needs to change.

“Child pornography shouldn’t happen, period,” said Marcus Toole, adding, “Whenever it’s anyone in government service, that is a concern for the community.”

Tuenge is being held without bond.

The GBI is continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the GBI Region 5 Office at 912-871-1121.

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