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Sheriff's Office Press Release

Posted on: August 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Subject arrested for offenses of Incest, Aggravated Child Molestation, Sodomy. and other charges.

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Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that his agency had made an arrest for the offenses of Incest, Aggravated Child Molestation, Sodomy, Eaves Dropping and Unlawful Surveillance 4 counts, and Sexual Exploitation of a Child by Manufacturing Child Porn 2 counts.

“On August 4, 2020, my administrative command was contacted by an outside agency regarding an outcry related to a possible child molestation that occurred in Meriwether County. According to the information received a juvenile made the outcry to a family member in another jurisdiction and this information was passed onto the outside law enforcement agency. These offenses were reported to have occurred over and extended time frame in Meriwether County. Our investigators began conducting the investigation in regard to the reported child molestation that occurred in the Northeast portion or Meriwether County. Our investigators had forensic interviews conducted along with sane exams on the reported victim. In addition we conducted interviews and executed numerous search warrants related to this case investigation. The search warrants led to the recovery of electronic data and related information pertaining to this case investigation to include but not limited too; still photos, video and electronic surveillance device components. Our investigation revealed that some of these video images were captured by means of electronic surveillance in locations with an expectation of privacy. Additional information was revealed that some of the electronic surveillance occurred in another jurisdiction outside of Meriwether County. Our investigators obtained arrest warrants for the offender in this case investigation who was identified Kevin John Burkholder, W/M, 40 years of age, a resident of Meriwether County, Ga. Our personnel coordinated with the Griffin Police Department, Griffin, Ga. in reference to executing these arrest warrants due to the subject being employed in that jurisdiction. Burkholder was picked up by our investigators from the Griffin Police Department and was transported back to the Meriwether County Jail. Kevin John Burkholder has been charged with the offenses of Incest, Aggravated Child Molestation, Child Molestation, Sodomy, Eaves Dropping and Unlawful Surveillance, (4 counts) and Sexual Exploitation of a Child by Manufacturing Child Pornography, (2 counts). Burkholder is being held in the Meriwether County Jail without bond. Our investigators have provided the outside agency with the case information that occurred in their jurisdiction. Our investigation is still active with additional charges pending. ” Sheriff Chuck Smith said.

“I appreciate the work that my investigators have done with this case investigation. They have worked this case many hours before and after the arrest. They are continuing this investigation with additional leads that have come forth.” Sheriff Smith advised.  

Note: Arrest Booking Reports can be obtained from the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office Records or Jail Division by news agencies that have waivers on file with this agency, (706) 672-4489. If news agencies do not have a waiver on file one can be obtained from this agency in accordance to O.C.G.A. 35-1-18.

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