A northwest Georgia couple are in jail after officials said they made pornographic videos that involved a 2-year-old.
Charlie William Wright, 49, and Ruth Ann Grace Newport, 39, both of Calhoun, were charged after an investigation by the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office.
A “concerned citizen” forwarded a tip to the sheriff’s office Nov. 18. The tipster said a local man was in possession of child pornography, according to the sheriff’s office.
Detectives identified Wright as a suspect, and he was arrested at his home on Beamer Circle the same day.
As Gordon County authorities continued the investigation, they found evidence that Wright had created homemade child pornography with the 2-year-old, the sheriff’s office said. Investigators executed five search warrants on Wright’s electronic devices to gather video evidence.
The evidence led investigators to Newport, according to officials. She was identified in the videos, the sheriff’s office said.
Wright was charged with two counts of possession of child pornography, two counts of child molestation, one count of aggravated sodomy and five counts of sexual exploitation of minor children.
Newport was already in custody at the Gordon County Jail on unrelated drug charges. After the investigation, officials filed new charges against her, including two counts of sexual exploitation of minor children, two counts of aggravated sodomy, child molestation and aggravated child molestation.
Wright was convicted of sexual battery in Whitfield County in 2005, officials said. He was sentenced to five years in that case.
Asia Simone Burns is a watchdog reporter for the AJC. Burns was formerly an intern in AJC’s newsroom and now writes about crime. She is a graduate of Samford University and has previously reported for NPR and WABE, Atlanta’s NPR member station.