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Brooklet man pleads guilty to making child porn
40-year-old one of four suspects involved
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Charles Casey Garner

A Brooklet man pled guilty in federal court Tuesday to producing child pornography.

Charles Casey Garner, 40, was one of four suspects in a related case, according to Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Two others - Richard Hunt Moore Jr., 48, of Hephzibah, and Carl Scott Ruger, 40, of Guyton, pled guilty previously. A fourth suspect in the case committed suicide in Illinois before being questioned, he said.

Garner pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of production of child pornography, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and up to 30 years, along with substantial fines, restitution and asset forfeiture, Christine said.

According to court documents and testimony, the investigation began when Moore was found with a minor at a motel in Augusta. After questioning Moore, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office investigators and the FBI found child pornography on electronic devices in Moore’s possession, he said.

Garner, Ruger and the fourth suspect were identified during the subsequent investigation, and found to have been involved in the exploitation of a juvenile for the production of child pornography, he said. 

Garner has not yet been sentenced, but the minimum sentence is 15 years in federal prison. After completion of their federal sentences, Garner, Ruger and Moore will serve a period of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

“The crimes these men committed are gut-wrenching and disgusting,” Christine said. “Our prosecutors and law enforcement partners won’t rest while a single one of these pedophile predators walks the streets. No matter what dark shadows they hide in, we will find them and drag their perverted crimes into the light.” 

“The production of child pornography is an assault against the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Special Agent in Charge Chris Hacker of the FBI Atlanta field office. “The FBI is committed to protecting our children and working with our law enforcement partners to identify and apprehend predators who carry out these atrocious crimes.”  

The cases were investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the FBI, along with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

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