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Former Bulloch deputy charged with sexual exploitation of children
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Travis Paul Tuenge

A former Bulloch County sheriff’s deputy who resigned from his position last week following investigations into alleged child molestation is being held without bond in the Burke County jail.

Following further investigation, on Thursday Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agents arrested Travis Paul Tuenge, 43, of a Five Chop Road address, on charges of sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography, according to a GBI press release issued late Thursday night.

Burke County Chief Deputy Lewis Blanchard confirmed Tuenge was held at the Burke County Detention Center but did not elaborate on reasons why. When questioned about Tuenge’s arrest and incarceration, Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown could not be reached for comment. Capt. Todd Hutchens referred all questions to the GBI, but Special Agent-in-Charge John Durden was not immediately available for comment Friday.

According to the release, on July 8, Brown requested the GBI to “investigate an allegation of child molestation made against Travis Tuenge. Once the allegations were known, the sheriff immediately relieved Tuenge of his duties and placed him on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Subsequently, Tuenge resigned from the Sheriff’s Office,” the release stated.     

A search warrant revealed evidence that Tuenge “was in possession of child pornography. As a result, Tuenge was arrested by the United States Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force without incident,” according to the statement.

Tuenge was booked in to the Bulloch County Jail but later transferred to the Burke County Detention Center, where he awaits further court action.

Tuenge was hired by 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.