Rutledge man faces child porn charges

Patrick Yost News

A joint operation between the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Georgia Bureau of investigation (GBI) led to the arrest of a Rutledge man on several child exploitation charges, including the distribution of child pornography.

According to Sgt. Brandon Sellers, Investigations Division, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, officers with the three law enforcement branches executed a GBI search warrant on the Dickson Road residence of John McLeod, 49, Rutledge. Sellers said the search warrant included any and all electronic devices possessed by McLeod. A desktop computer system, a tablet computer and a cell phone were all confiscated. Sellers said a GBI computer forensic officer examined the devices at the residence during a three-hour search and allegedly located four images of child pornography.

Consequent to the execution of the search warrant, McLeod was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Sellers said the investigation began in April and concluded with McLeod’s arrest on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

McLeod complained of medical problems during the execution of the search warrant and was taken to Morgan Memorial Hospital where he was observed and released to the Morgan County Detention Center.

He currently is (incarcerated/ free on

Sellers said the GBI initiated the investigation based on “cyber tips” the bureau had received regarding McLeod. He also said “there’s no indication it’s local children or that the was uploading photos.” Sellers said investigators believe McLeod was acquiring the images from the internet.

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