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Former deputy charged with child porn released on bond
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Travis Paul Tuenge

A judge granted bond Tuesday to a former Bulloch County sheriff’s deputy charged with sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography.

Travis Paul Tuenge, 43, of a Five Chop Road address, was arrested in July by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and U.S. Marshals.

The amount of the bond, set by Senior Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf, was not immediately clear as of late Tuesday, but Bulloch County Clerk of Courts Heather McNeal confirmed Karpf, assigned to the case, granted a bond. However, at the time Tuesday, the order had not yet been filed. There were “several conditions” attached to the bond, she said.

Tuenge, who has been held in the Burke County Detention Center since his arrest in July, resigned from his position just before his arrest.

According to a GBI release by Statesboro Region 5 GBI Office Special Agent-in-Charge John Durden, on July 8, Bulloch County Sheriff Noel 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 into the Bulloch County Jail but later transferred to the Burke County Detention Center.

Tuenge was hired by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office in 2001 after first working for the Statesboro Police Department from 1999 to 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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