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Conditions placed on former deputy’s bond
Tuenge charged with child exploitation, porn
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Travis Paul Tuenge

A former Bulloch County sheriff’s deputy charged with child pornography possession and exploitation was released on bond but must remain confined to his home with an ankle monitor until the case is resolved.

Senior Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf, who was assigned to hear the case after Bulloch County Superior Court judges recused themselves, granted Travis Paul Tuenge, 43, a $15,000 property or cash bond Tuesday, according to court documents provided upon request to the Statesboro Herald by Bulloch County Clerk of Court Heather McNeal.

Tuenge was charged with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography. United States Marshals and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents took him into custody in July after allegations of improper conduct involving a child were made to Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.

In the face of the accusations, Tuenge resigned from his position as deputy before his arrest, according to a release issued by Statesboro Region 5 GBI Special Agent-in-Charge John Durden.

A search warrant of his home revealed evidence leading to his arrest, Durden said. During his incarceration, he was held in the Burke County Jail.

Karpf listed several conditions to Tuenge’s bond, according to the court documents.

Tuenge must remain confined to his home, wearing an ankle monitor for which he must pay, and is not allowed any firearms, electronics, internet, alcohol or nonprescription drugs, the order stated. At any time, the sheriff may search and inspect the home to ensure compliance.

Tuenge may not contact victims or witnesses in any way and may not have contact with children under 16.

The state opposed the bond, on grounds that prosecutors felt “Tuenge posed a danger to persons in the community, specifically young children,” said Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Daphne Totten. She also said there “are concerns that he may harass witnesses in this case.”

Tuenge joined the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 after first working for the Statesboro Police Department from 1999–2001.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Statesboro Region 5 Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation at (912) 871-1121.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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