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CANTON — A search warrant executed at a Canton, Georgia, address has led to the arrest of a former Forsyth County chief deputy.

Grady Sanford, 56, of Windsor Green Court in Canton, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. He is charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit began and investigation into Sanford’s Internet activity after receiving a report from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children on Nov. 6, 2020, indicating child sexual abuse images had been uploaded using a popular email platform with the IP address originating at Sanford’s address.

Sanford was booked into the Cherokee County Jail following his arrest.

— Staff Reports 



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