BCSO assists in child pornography arrest

Jason Bonds Connelly

Jason Bonds Connelly

A Waynesboro man has been charged with 16 counts involving the exploitation of minor children.

The Burke County Criminal Investigation Division and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation collaborated in a joint operation that resulted in the arrest of Jason Bonds Connelly.

After conducting a search of Connelly’s residence on East 7th Street, the agencies recovered multiple devices containing child pornography. Connelly has been charged with 14 counts of Distribution of Child Pornography and two counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

“It is believed that Connelly has distributed over 50,000 potential child pornography/abuse files,” according to a March 31 press release. “This investigation continues and more charges may be brought as warranted.”

Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said Saturday that BSCO investigators were told it’s one of the biggest child pornography cases investigated by the GBI. According to BSCO Captain J.W. Wylds, it is unclear at this time, if any of the pornographic images involved local children.

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