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Forsyth County chief deputy held on child porn charge, fired

CANTON, Ga. (AP) — A chief deputy in Georgia has been charged with distributing child pornography after authorities launched an investigation into his internet activity.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations began the probe into Forsyth County Chief Deputy Grady Sanford’s activity after getting a tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children about images of child sexual abuse that were uploaded using a popular email platform, the agency announced on Tuesday.

Investigators tracked the IP address used to log into that email platform to an address in Canton. Authorities executed a search warrant at the home Tuesday morning, and then arrested Sanford.

Cherokee County Sheriffs Office spokesman Jay Baker told The Associated Press that Sanford was released on a $5,600 bond shortly after being booked into Cherokee County Jail in Canton. The jail did not have information about an attorney who could comment on Sanford’s behalf.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said he learned of the search as it was happening, and fired Sanford, 56, after the GBI found evidence of probable cause for the charges.

“To say this is a shock is a gross understatement. We intentionally set our standards high at Forsyth County,” Freeman said in a statement posted Tuesday on the Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page. “Regardless of rank, every employee must meet those moral and legal standards. There is no room for this type of crime in our State, and certainly not in the law enforcement profession. Our trust and that of our community has been betrayed.”

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