Ricky Labrew, a resident of
Attorney General Baker applauded the Richmond County court for its tough sentence. “Today, we send a message to those who would victimize our children, that we in
The investigation was initiated when the internet company Yahoo reported to the
Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Bobby Stanley, an investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit of the GBI, led the state’s investigation and was able to determine that Georgia Department of Transportation employee Ricky Labrew had logged on to the DOT computer server, and then used his personal America Online account and Yahoo email address to upload images of child pornography to the internet. Labrew was employed with Georgia DOT as an engineer for nine years, managing various road construction projects.
Labrew, confronted with the evidence by state investigators, eventually admitted that he had uploaded child pornography. Three Department of Transportation computers used by Labrew were seized. A forensic analysis of the computers revealed thousands of images of child pornography. Each image had been downloaded and organized into a named folder on the hard drive of Labrew’s computer. Labrew was immediately fired by DOT.
The images, consisting of film clips and still photographs, were extremely graphic, some showing actual acts of molestation being perpetrated against the minor victims. The images which formed the basis of the indictment were found to contain pictures of child victims from seven states and six different foreign counties; the identification of those victims was made by the
At sentencing, Judge Wheale imposed a sentence of 30 years incarceration, and imposed all special conditions requested by the State as conditions of parole. Those conditions include that the Defendant must register as a sex offender, that the Defendant is prohibited from using the internet, and that the Defendant is prohibited from having any contact with minor children.
The case was investigated by GBI Special Agent Bobby Stanley and DOT Investigator Kenny Whitworth. Prosecution of the case was handled by Senior Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Schwartz and Assistant Attorney General Daniel Hiatt.