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Columbia County man sentenced to federal prison for possession of child pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia
Investigation started with tip to FBI

AUGUSTA, GA:  A Columbia County man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing images of child sexual abuse.

Bradley Fearneyhough, 35, of Martinez, Ga., was sentenced to 172 months in prison after pleading guilty to Possession of Child Pornography, said Jill E. Steinberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. U.S. District Court Chief Judge J. Randal Hall also ordered Fearneyhough to pay $21,000 in restitution, to register as a sex offender, and to serve 20 years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

“Predators who possess images of child sexual exploitation perpetuate the victimization of these vulnerable children,” said U.S. Attorney Steinberg. “This sentence makes it clear that such despicable activity won’t be tolerated in our communities.”

“As described in court documents and testimony, in May 2022, the FBI received an online tip that Fearneyhough possessed images that depicted child sexual abuse. He was arrested after subsequent interviews and searches of his electronic devices. Agents found hundreds of images of child pornography on multiple devices in Fearneyhough’s possession, including videos depicting sexual abuse of children as young as infants.

"Thanks to a public tip submitted to the National Threat Operations Center, Fearneyhough will be held accountable for his heinous crimes," said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. "This case is an outstanding example of how partnerships between the FBI and the public are essential in protecting our citizens, in particular, children, our most vulnerable citizens."

Anyone with information on suspected child sexual exploitation can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-843-5678, or

The case was investigated by the FBI, and prosecuted for the United States by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara M. Lyons.


Barry L. Paschal, Public Affairs Officer: 912-652-4422

Updated May 23, 2023

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 44-23