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2 northwest Georgia men facing federal child pornography charges

Shawn Ryan Budovic, 27, of Cartersville, told investigators he had met his fiancé, who lives in Michigan, when she was 14-years-old and had been “instructing his fiancé to take explicit images and videos of her minor sisters, ages 3, 4 and 9,” according to a narrative by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Special Agent James Rives.

Agents were alerted to Budovic after a 15-year-old Minnesota girl’s foster mother discovered messages between the girl and Budovic on a “secret” Facebook account.

When confronted, the girl admitted she had been messaging Budovic since she was 11 or 12 years old.

“At first she did not send a photo as requested by Budovic, but she eventually did, she explained, because Budovic constantly asked and she felt that he was getting angry,” Rives wrote in a criminal complaint.

Police arrested Budovic on Oct. 31 at this Bartow County home and he admitted that he “likes seeing” child pornography. They searched his iPhone 7 and found multiple sexually explicit conversations and images on the device.

On Oct. 18, in one conversation with a minor, he stated “I like little girls there I said the younger the better. You can freak out now and leave me.”

Budovic also faces sexual exploitation of children and computer pornography charges in Bartow County. He was released on bond from Bartow County Jail in November and was arrested and being held in federal custody without bond.

Another area child pornography case is pending in district court in Rome.

Robert Lee Dean was arrested in Bowden on Dec. 14 on charges that he distributed “at least one visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” according to court records.

There are two counts — one that he distributed an image or video of a minor on May 26, 2017, and the other stated he had a computer and computer storage device which had at least one visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

He was arraigned on Dec. 14, 2017, on the charges and pleaded not guilty. Dean was released on a $25,000 unsecured bond. 

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