Former metro Atlanta cop accused of child porn dies while out on bond

A Cumming man who has worked at law enforcement agencies throughout metro Atlanta died while out on bond for allegedly having child pornography.

Arthur Durand Handley Jr., 42, died Saturday night after his wife notified Forsyth County officials, sheriff’s office spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday.

Rainwater said it came in as a medical call about 6:30 p.m., and Handley was rushed to Northside Hospital Forsyth. He died a few hours later.


An autopsy will determine a cause of death, but foul play is not suspected, the spokesman said.

The Forsyth coroner’s office was not immediately available Monday to give a timeline of when those autopsy results be available.

Handley’s death comes four days after he bonded out of Forsyth jail for $66,000, said Rainwater.

Handley was arrested April 23 after nearly a monthlong investigation by the GBI and Forsyth authorities of child exploitation.

Officers eventually obtained a search warrant of Handley’s home and computers. There was “contraband content” found on the computer, according to a news release at the time of his arrest.


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Handley was charged with five counts of sexual exploitation of children, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

His file with Georgia’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST) indicates that he worked as a jailer in Dougherty County in 1996, was a police officer in Albany from 2000 to 2002, and worked with Smyrna and Cobb County police departments from 2002 to 2008.

Handley's LinkedIn profile says he most recently worked as an account manager for LexisNexis Risk Solutions in Alpharetta from October 2016 to January 2018.

The Forsyth prosecutor handling his case was not immediately available for comment Monday.

Staff writer Mitchell Northam contributed to this story.


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