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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Georgia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Indictment For Attempted Production Of Child Pornography Returned For Man Accused Of Recording Video In High School Locker Room

Charles E. Peeler, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, announced that today the grand jury returned an indictment charging Timothy Brian Burnette, age 40, of Union Point, Georgia, with two counts of attempted production of child pornography. 

The charges against Mr. Burnette stem from the allegation that while working as a custodian at Oconee County High School, he repeatedly used a cell phone to record video of minor students while they were changing in the locker room.  Mr. Burnette was previously arrested on state charges of illegal surveillance and remains in custody in the Oconee County Jail.   

Each of the charges against Mr. Burnette carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, up to a maximum of 30 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000.00, at least 5 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release, and registration as a sex offender.

A copy of the indictment is attached.  The indictment is only an allegation of criminal conduct.  A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

This case is being investigated by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has provided additional assistance.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary is prosecuting the case for the Government.

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Project Safe Childhood
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Updated February 22, 2018