Travis Tuenge
Photo: Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office
Photo: Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office

Ex-Georgia deputy arrested on child porn, sexual exploitation charges

A former Bulloch County deputy was arrested Thursday on charges of sexual exploitation of children and possession of child pornography, authorities said.

Travis Tuenge, 43, of Statesboro, was placed on administrative leave Monday by Sheriff Noel Brown after allegations of child molestation were made against him, the GBI said in a news release. Brown called the GBI to investigate the allegation.

After being placed on administrative leave, Tuenge resigned from the sheriff’s office, the release said.

The GBI said it found child pornography in Tuenge’s possession, which led to him being arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service. He was booked into the Bulloch County Jail. 

No other details on the investigation have been released. AJC.com has reached out to the sheriff’s office for more information on his booking.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the GBI at 912-871-1121.

Tuenge's history in law enforcement in Georgia dates back to 1999, when he became an officer with the Statesboro Police Department, according to Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training records.

In 2001, he started working for Bulloch County Sheriff's Department, where he rose to the rank of sergeant.

Tuenge has no previous history of sanctions with POST, which sets training standards and serves as a regulatory body for police officers.  

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