PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
For Immediate Release
SANDY SPRINGS, GA (August 31, 2021) – The Sandy Springs Police Department (SSPD) has made an arrest following an investigation of a Sandy Springs resident possessing child sexually abusive material (child pornography) and making obscene and inappropriate sexual contact with a minor over the internet.
Pursuant to this investigation, 25-year-old Tarik Uduk was arrested and charged by SSPD Detectives with 10 counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and one count for the offense of Obscene Internet Contact with a Child. SSPD Detectives arrested Mr. Uduk at the Fulton Science Academy in Alpharetta, where he is employed as an athletic coach.
On August 25, 2021, an investigation was initiated after SSPD Detectives assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding an individual uploading child sexually abusive material onto an online server. With the assistance from the Georgia Bureau Investigation (GBI), the location of where the images were uploaded was identified as a Sandy Springs residence and the case was turned over to SSPD Detectives. After executing multiple search warrants and court orders, the suspect was identified as 25-year-old Tarik Uduk, a Sandy Springs resident.
A review of the digital content obtained from the search warrants revealed multiple images and videos of sexually explicit images depicting minors between the ages of 12 and 15 years of age. Our Detectives continue to analyze all the content of the electronic devices owned by the suspect, to search for additional evidence of child sexually abusive material and to determine if any of the victims in the images are students that were in contact with Mr. Uduk. On August 30, Mr. Uduk was arrested without incident at his place of employment, Fulton Science Academy and was subsequently turned over to the Fulton County Jail.
This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a partnership and investigative network that SSPD is proud to be a part of along with other local, state, and federal partners with the purpose of identifying those involved in the child sexually abusive material trade. The ICAC Program, created by the U. S. Department of Justice, was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child sexually abusive material, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.
SSPD Case Number: 2021-009056
Media Contact: Sgt. S. Ortega