A Hall County resident allegedly gave a state inmate a prepaid phone on which investigators later discovered lewd images of children, according to authorities.
The Hall County Sheriff’s Office got a tip Feb. 17 from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
Authorities determined someone from Hall County had given Charles Ray Dye Jr., 32, a prepaid phone. Dye is an inmate at LaGrange Transitional Center.
Hall County investigators contacted the LaGrange Police Department, who met with Dye Tuesday, Feb. 25, and began processing the phone.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said Dye was allowed to have the phone at the transitional center.
“Upon review of this device, numerous still photos and videos were located in a ‘secured application’ depicting various children under the age of 16 engaged in various sexual acts,” LaGrange Police said in a news release.
Dye was arrested and charged with violation of the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Act of 2007.
Dye was transferred to a more secure facility within the Georgia Department of Corrections and may face more charges, according to LaGrange Police.
Booth said the person who provided the phone will not be charged.