Fort Benning soldier busted for child porn

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) -  A Fort Benning soldier is facing charges after Columbus Police say they found child pornography on his personal computer.

Leonard Talley, 33, was arrested at his apartment in the Sugar Mills Luxury Complex off Schomburg Road Tuesday.

Lieutenant John McMichael with the Columbus Police Department's Robbery/Homicide Division tells News Leader 9 Talley became the center of a proactive investigation by the GBI. Agents constantly monitor web sites where child pornography is normally exchanged.

The Columbus Police Department joined in the investigation and officers got a search warrant for Talley's apartment Tuesday morning. They seized his computer, electronic equipment and DVDs. McMichael says police reviewed the items preliminarily, discovering recognizable child porn.

Talley was arrested at the scene and is charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children. He has been booked into the Muscogee County Jail.

Police say further forensic tests will be done on the evidence and more charges could be pending against the soldier.

McMichael did not know Talley's rank or the unit he is assigned to at Fort Benning.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday at 2 PM in Columbus Recorder's Court.

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