Dalton man accused of creating child porn then showing it off

DALTON, Georgia(WDEF) – A Whitfield County man is facing serious criminal charges after authorities discovered multiple nude images of a young teenage girl on his cell phone.

According to everyone WDEF talked to with first hand knowledge of what has been alleged, this case is very disturbing because it now only involves an allegation of child porn, but also possible rape and molestation.

The man who alerted authorities about Jody Raby, 32, of Dalton agreed to talk to WDEF as long as his identity was not revealed. He said that he and Raby were at the Dalton Marriott Courtyard Hotel late last month with other people when Raby pulled him to the side to show him something very disturbing.

"He took me to his vehicle and he started showing me pictures on his cell phone of this little girl; showing nudity, privates;all this. He asked me if I wanted to see more of them together but I didn’t," the man said.

He told WDEF that he’s known Raby for years. But he also said the images were so disturbing that he felt it was more appropriate to alert law enforcement about what he saw.

"I was just amazed and shocked at what he was showing me," said the witness.

Late Monday morning, detectives showed up at Raby’s home to question him about allegations of inappropriate behavior with a child. Then they asked to see his cell phone.

"There was a little denial at first but through the course of the investigation, we spoke with him and we did find some very inappropriate pictures on his cell phone," said Sheriff Scott Chitwood.

The images on Raby’s phone became the evidence detectives needed to make an arrest. The nude person in the photos was later identified as a young teenage girl.

According to another source close to the investigation, there were more than two-dozen nude photo’s of the same girl on Raby’s cell phone. That person also told WDEF that based on what was in the background of those photos, it didn’t appear the images were taken from inside Raby’s home.

Investigators told WDEF that Raby isn’t the first person to have been accused of taking nude cell phone images of another person. But when that other person is a child, all bets are off.

"So people need to use precaution; particularly when you’re dealing with an underage individual because yes, things get real serious," Chitwood said.

In addition to the illegal porn charge, Raby is also accused of having sex with the young teen.

WDEF spoke to the child’s mother. She said she’s out-raged that something like this happened and wants justice to be served.

Raby is no stranger to trouble. According to police records, he was recently arrested for domestic assault.

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