Sheriff: Calhoun, Ga. couple charged with making child porn involving toddler

Charlie William Wright, Jr and Ruth Ann Grace Newport face several charges related to child sexual exploitation. (Images: Gordon Co. Sheriff's Office, WTVC)

Detectives say a Calhoun, Ga. man and woman face child sexual exploitation charges, including making child porn involving a toddler.

The Gordon County Sheriff's Office says detectives immediately began investigating after they received a tip on Nov. 18 from a concerned citizen, saying that a local man possessed child porn.

GCSO officials say the arrested Charlie William Wright, Jr. at his Calhoun home on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor child.

During their investigation, detectives say they discovered that Wright had made other child porn that involved a 2 year old. Detectives executed five search warrants on electronic devices to gather video evidence, and in the process say they identified another suspect: Wright's companion, Ruth Ann Grace Newport. The sheriff's office says Newport was already in the county jail on unrelated drug charges.

Wright has been charged with a total of five counts of sexual exploitation of minor children, two counts of possession of child porn, two counts of child molestation, and one count of aggravated sodomy. GCSO officials said in 2005, Wright received a 5-year sentence after pleading guilty and being convicted for sexual battery in Whitfield County, according to Whitfield County Superior Court records.

Newport has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of minor children, one count of child molestation, one count of aggravated child molestation, and two counts of aggravated sodomy.

The sheriff's office said as of Nov. 25, Wright and Newport remained in custody awaiting court proceedings.

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