Pickens County Man Arrested for the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Jasper, GA (February 8, 2021) – On Thursday, February 4, 2021, Pickens County resident, Danny Wright, age 57, was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) and three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution of Child Sexual Abuse Material) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Wright’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possession and distribution of suspected child pornography by Wright via the internet. This investigation led to a search warrant at Wright’s home in Jasper, Georgia, and the arrest of Wright on February 4, 2021. The GBI was assisted in the execution of the search warrant by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. Evidence from the search warrant conducted on February 4, 2021, led to additional criminal charges against Wright on February 5, 2021. On February 5, 2021, Wright was charged with Child Molestation and Invasion of Privacy.

GBI Makes Arrest in Elder Exploitation Investigation

Brooks County, GA (February 6, 2021) – On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, the GBI was requested by the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office to initiate an investigation into multiple thefts of monies from an elderly couple in Brooks County, Georgia. So far in the investigation, thefts totaling more than $20,000 have been documented. Agents expect that number to increase as they receive additional financial records related to the thefts from various businesses. Agents secured arrest warrants in Brooks, Thomas, and Colquitt Counties charging Jeffrey Hires, 31, with six counts of exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, elder persons, and residents (Felony).

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Madison Involving Greene County Sheriff's Office and Georgia State Patrol

Madison, GA (February 6, 2021) – On Saturday, February 6, 2021, at approximately 12:25 p.m., the GBI was requested by the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office to conduct an officer involved shooting investigation on I-20 westbound at mile marker 110 in Madison, Morgan County, GA.

Inmates Charged in Ben Hill County Jail Death Case

Ben Hill County, GA (February 4, 2021) – On Wednesday, January 26, 2021, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation charged Ben Hill County inmate Telvin King, age 30 of Fitzgerald, GA, with Involuntary Manslaughter, Battery, and Tampering with Evidence in the death of Ben Hill County inmate Demetris Lewis, age 30, of Fitzgerald, GA.  Ben Hill County inmate, Collin Smith, age 24 of Fitzgerald, GA, was also charged with Tampering with Evidence and False Statements.

Former Hart County Commissioner Arrested for Child Pornography

Hartwell, GA (February 4, 2021) – On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, GBI agents arrested R.C. Oglesby, 66, a former Hart County Commissioner, and charged him with one count of Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999.

GBI Makes Arrest Talbotton Elder Abuse Exploitation Investigation

GBI Arrests Former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy

Cumming, GA (February 3, 2021) – On Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the GBI arrested former Forsyth County Deputy Nicholas Maddox, 34, of Dawsonville, Georgia for Sexual Assault by a Person of Supervisory or Disciplinary Authority, O.C.G.A.16-6-5.1 (b)(3).  Maddox was booked by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and is out on bond.

On May 26, 2020, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office requested that the GBI investigate allegations that Maddox was sexually involved with a Forsyth County inmate while working in the jail in 2015.  As a result of the investigation, Maddox was charged in this case.

Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be provided to the Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit District Attorney for prosecution.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Blakely, GA

Blakely, GA (February 1, 2021) – On January 26, 2021, the GBI was requested by the Blakely Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

GBI Investigating Glennville Shooting Death

Glennville, GA (January 30, 2021) – On Saturday, January 30, 2021, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office to assist with a death investigation. Bobby Carlton Kicklighter, age 88, was found deceased in his home from apparent gunshot wounds on Pinewood Lane in Glennville, Georgia. Foul play is suspected.

The investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office at 912-557-6778, the Glennville Police Department at 912-654-2103, or the GBI at 912-871-1121. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.

GBI Arrests Former Walker County Sheriff’s Office Deputy for Rape and Incest

Summerville, GA (January 29, 2021) - On Thursday, January 28, 2021, the GBI arrested Zachary Williams, 39, of Chattooga County, for Rape and Incest. On September 8, 2020, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI investigate allegations of rape and incest by Williams. At the time, Williams was employed as a deputy for the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and was placed on administrative leave. Williams was booked into the Chattooga County Jail.