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Bond set for deputy in child porn case

AUBURN - A Barrow County magistrate judge set a $50,000 bond for a sheriff's deputy jailed on charges related to possession of child pornography.

As of press time, Jason Gaub, 32, of Winder, remained a prisoner in the Oconee County Jail, a booking agent said.

Gaub, a four-year employee of the Barrow County Sheriff's Department, is charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child in relation to his alleged possession of child pornography, said Maj. Murray Kogod, Barrow County's chief deputy. More charges could result as investigators search computers and other electronic equipment taken from Gaub's home.

Gaub served the Sheriff's Department as a patrol officer. He was off-duty when he was arrested and was fired immediately upon his arrest Tuesday, Kogod said.

The charges resulted from a six-week long joint investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Barrow County Sheriff's Department, Kogod said.

About six weeks ago, officials with the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contacted the Barrow County Sheriff's Office with information that led officials to look at Gaub as a possible suspect, Kogod said. The sheriff's department then asked the GBI for assistance.

No pornography was found on Gaub's work computer, Kogod said.

Under the terms of the bond set by Judge E.T. Brock, once free, Gaub is to possess no firearms nor computers, cannot be within 300 feet of a stationary child and would be required to give up his Fourth Amendment rights that protect against searches and seizures, an official with the Barrow County magistrate's court said.