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GBI: Multi-state investigation leads to arrest of Bartow man on child exploitation charges, location of three children

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation

A multi-state investigation has led to the arrest of a Bartow County man on child exploitation charges and the location of three child victims in Michigan. 

The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office originally received information that Shawn Ryan Budovic, 27, of Cartersville was possibly in possession of child pornography. 

On Tuesday, October 31, deputies executed a search warrant at Budovic’s residence located on McKaskey Creek Road with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

Agents seized electronic devices that contained child pornography images which appeared to be homemade.

They determined Budovic’s fiancé, Kayla White, 17, of Trenton, Michigan had actually taken the images of three children - ages 3,4, and 9, and forwarded them to Budovic. The Trenton Police Department and HSI agents responded immediately and located White and the three children.

Budovic is charged with computer pornography and felony child exploitation and was booked into the Bartow County Jail. Additional federal charges are expected.

White has been charged with child abuse in the first degree in Michigan.