Blakely Police Officer Robert Tyler Vaughn, of Clay County, was arrested and charged in both Clay and Early Counties with one count of sexual exploitation of children and one count of violation of oath of office by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit.
The GBI began an investigation into Vaughn’s online activity after receiving numerous Cybertip Reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the possible online possession of child sexual abuse material.
This investigation led to a search of Vaughn’s home and his subsequent arrest.
Vaughn was employed as a police officer with the Blakely Police Department at the time of his arrest.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office aided the GBI with the search of Vaughn’s home and with his arrest.
Additional charges may be pending.
Vaughn was taken to the Randolph County Jail upon his arrest, where Clay County inmates are housed.
Vaughn is 26 years old.
Anyone with information about other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Unit at 404-270-8870 or report via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline at CyberTipline.org.
Anonymous 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.
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