FORMER WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
August 25, 2011
Christopher Davis Charged With Producing Child Pornography
Involving a Minor
GAINESVILLE, GA – CHRISTOPHER THOMAS DAVIS, 32, of Dahlonega, Georgia, was arrested this morning for the production of child pornography. DAVIS made his initial appearance late this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Susan S. Cole, who set his preliminary and detention hearings for the morning of September 1, 2011.
“ICE HSI will aggressively use its broad investigative authorities to identify and arrest any individual who seeks to sexually exploit children in this manner,” said Brock Nicholson, Special Agent in Charge of ICE HSI in Atlanta. “This case is especially disappointing given the defendant held a position of public trust.” Nicholson oversees responsibility for the states of Georgia, North and South Carolina.
According to United States Attorney Yates and the complaint filed today in court: In May 2009, DAVIS took photographs of a seven-year-old minor female engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The photographs were taken inside DAVIS' home in Dahlonega, Georgia. At that time, and at the time of his arrest, DAVIS was employed as a Sheriff's Deputy with the White County Sheriff's Office. He has been terminated from his law enforcement position.
Members of the public are reminded that a criminal complaint contains only allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government's burden to prove the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.
This case is being prosecuted as a priority of the Justice Department's Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney's Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
This case is being investigated by Special Agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI).
Assistant United States Attorney Jill E. Steinberg is prosecuting the case.
For further information please contact Sally Quillian Yates, United States Attorney, or Charysse L. Alexander, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, through Patrick Crosby, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, at (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.usdoj.gov/usao/gan.