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4-H director responds to child pornography charge
Paul Travis Williams 2017
Paul Travis Williams

The Lumpkin County 4-H center director’s attorney said Friday that he is “innocent of any wrongdoing” after being charged with possession of child pornography.

Paul Travis Williams, 48, was arrested on Thursday after an investigation by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the University of Georgia Police Department.

“Travis Williams is shocked and horrified by the charge against him, and completely denies any involvement whatsoever with child pornography. He has cooperated fully with law enforcement, including providing access to his electronic devices and turning himself in to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, and he will continue to assist in all possible ways with the investigation of any inappropriate content,” Williams’ attorney Catherine Bernard said Friday in a statement.

Law enforcement officials said they received a “cyber tip,” according to a Thursday announcement from the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, showing that suspected child pornography had been uploaded from inside the Wahsega 4-H Center in Lumpkin County. 

The University of Georgia Police were involved because the facility is operated by the university.

“Travis has nothing to hide, and he is confident that a thorough investigation will show that he is innocent of any wrongdoing. He is grateful to all of the members of the community who have reached out to support him during this difficult time, and prays for a swift and just resolution to this serious matter,” Bernard said.

The search included Williams’ residence on Cloverleaf Trail, according to authorities.

Officers found one of the uploaded images of suspected child pornography on a hard drive inside the home, according to authorities. Williams was released after being held on a $10,200 bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

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