“We have cooperated fully with the investigation and we have suspended the officer pending further parts of the investigation,” Whitmire told AJC.com.
Balsam was suspended with pay, Whitmire said. If the officer is indicted, he will be fired, the chief said.
Balsam was employed by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office from 2012 to 2016, according to the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. He worked as a state corrections officer from 2010 to 2012, records showed.
Anyone with information about this case or any other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the GBI Child Exploitation Unit at 404-270-8870.
In other news:
Clayton County has a Chairman-led Board of Commissioners and a County Operating Officer form of government. Meet the Board of Commissioners here.