On March 22, 2022, Mr. Balasooriyah was charged with five felony counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. After a months long investigation by UGA’s Police Department, it was determined that he has possession of videos including minors performing sex acts, a video of an exposed toddler, and a video of a juvenile masturbating. Multiple search warrants were issued during the investigation, resulting in the seizure of several electronics at an on-campus location.
Law enforcement was first alerted about Mr. Balasooriyah after Facebook forwarded messages to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children showing him distributing child pornography through their platform.
On June 20, 2023, the District Attorney’s Office filed a dismissal of Warrant Prior to Indictment closing the case. It was alleged that the state lacked sufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Red and Black: UGA graduate student arrested for child pornography