A deputy with the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday evening on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and distribution of child abuse material.
Deputy Peter Bilardello, of Marietta, was arrested by Cobb police and is being held at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center on $100,000 bond.
“Upon receiving notification of the arrest warrant, Sheriff (Craig) Owens immediately placed Bilardello on unpaid administrative leave and confiscated his badge, I.D. and county-issued weapons,” reads a release from the Cobb Sheriff’s Office.
Cobb police are investigating, and Owens has asked the CCSO’s internal affairs division to open its own investigation.