Fayette deputy charged with viewing child porn

A longtime Fayette County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested March 13 after an investigation revealed that he had used his office computer to search for and view child pornography.

Sheriff Barry Babb said Dep. Harry “Butch” Parris was terminated for cause from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 23. Parris was arrested March 13 and charged with sexual exploitation of children and violation of his oath of office.

Babb said the sheriff’s office requested the assistance of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on Oct. 26, 2012 after learning that Parris may have violated a criminal statute.

“The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office turned over the preliminary information that had been collected and requested a full investigation. The GBI has been the lead agency since the inception of the investigation with full cooperation from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office,” Babb said.

Parris had been an employee of the sheriff’s office since March 1993. He became a certified officer in November 1995. Since his employment began with Fayette County, Parris worked as a deputy sheriff in the jail division, said Babb.

GBI agents on March 13 briefed Babb and District Attorney Scott Ballard as to the status of the investigation and it was determined that the arrest warrants should be issued.

Parris was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of children and violation of oath of office for utilizing his office computer to search for and view child pornography. Parris was booked and fingerprinted at the Fayette County Jail before being transported to another holding facility, Babb said.

Babb said the case could be presented to the Grand Jury as early as April 24.

Parris in 1999 was nominated by the sheriff's office to be the Detention Officer of the Year. It was noted in the nomination that Parris "will do everything that is asked of him and more, expecting nothing in return." Parris personally made close to 400 transports of inmates in 1998, traveling more than 20,000 miles without an accident or breakdown in security, the nomination noted.

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Firewalls

Where are the firewalls? It blows my mind that a prison environment can get out to any porn site. There should be firewalls in place that block anything and everything that put these people there in the first place. I am a child molester, I am in prison. I can't physically molest a child, but I can look at child porn while staying here. Does this make sense?

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I worked with this man for a few years and I am sure he will be punished to the fullest, sad thing about it though.....he was one of the nicest man that I worked with. We all carry our own demond's and I wish this man and his family the peace that they truely need.
The sad thing about all of this is that after all of his hard work and dedication, he will be forever remembered for this. So sad.

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The sad thing about all of this is that after all of his hard work and dedication, he will be forever remembered for this. So sad.

Some things transcend hard work and dedication, and this is one of them. If he's looking, he's hunting. Hope there's a special cell for this type person.

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Gosh, he was such a nice guy too!

Same crap that was said about PTCFD Major Eddie Ferguson while he was molesting and raping boys. "Oh, such a nice guy!"

I don't want to hear a nice damn word about a sick freak. Take them out and shoot them in the head because there is no "cure" for that kind of mental sickness whatsoever. You want to have sex with children? You want to view pictures of naked children being forced into sex? Adios to life, scumbags.

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Gosh Nuk_1

did I hit a "soft spot"? Was you an alter boy when you was young? All I said was that he was always nice to me and everyone else that worked with him. We can't judge what lingers inside sick people. Just remember...."look for the white smoke".

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Yeah, it's a "soft spot"

I knew two of "Major" Eddie Ferguson's victims and I don't have anything for child molesters besides hate and scorn and don't care a damn about them being nice or pleasant types to work with. I want to see them dead, period, where their illness will never infect or damage someone else.

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Victims of sexual assault suffer from PTSD for many years

I agree with your wishes for these predators who destroy the lives of their victims, expecially our youth! But if these Predators are allowed to continue to breathe, then we can hope Karma appears, OR we can expose the predators when they least expect it!!!

Did you know that victims of sexual assault suffer from PTSD/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Did you know victims of sexual assault receive the same treatment given our soldiers returning from the battlefield with PTSD? I know several victims in this county who have NEVER received justice from child molestation, rape, sexual assault. These victims will tell you they literally feel as though they were assaulted a second time by authorities - when authorities fail to do their jobs and fail to protect these victims.

"Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth and it happens every few minutes. The problem with groups who deal with rape is that they try to educate women about how to defend themselves. What really needs to be done is teaching men NOT to rape. Go to the source and start there!" by Kurt Cobain; a musician and out-spoken brave anti-rape crusader!

Project Unspoken breaks the silence - http://www.emorywheel.com/project-unspoken-breaks-the-silence/
Project Unspoken has several short youtube videos created by college students making others aware of this crime.

Thank you law enforcement for FINALLY exposing these predators and providing justice for their victims!

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Capital Punishment NUK_1

is the ultimate rehabilitation of a civil society. However, it is not a solution for the mentally ill, the Nazi Party tried that already. It does seem to get our of control once you go down this road. After all, in a future America you and I will be considered mentally ill. Do you really want to give them that? Or just the Gulag? ;-)

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Deputy sheriff was

68 years old when this happened? Tell me, what is retirement age?