Friday, April 12, 2013

GBI arrests dozens in the state's largest child pornography operation ever

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 6:04 PM

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the state's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force issued warrants this week for nearly 100 individuals and made 47 arrests in a statewide effort to combat child pornography.

As part of "Operation Guarding Innocence," GBI partnered with dozens of law enforcement officials at the federal, state, and local levels over a three-month period. Between those arrests, the efforts led to 87 child pornography possession charges. In addition, they also seized more than 200 computers, smart phones, and other devices.

"Search warrants are being executed today in 37 Georgia counties in connection with the distribution of child porn over the Internet," GBI spokesman John Bankhead said in a press release. "This is the largest operation of its kind in Georgia conducted by the State's ICAC Task Force."

Atlanta Police spokesman Gregory Lyons says that the city's officers arrested one man, a Peoplestown resident, who was charged with possession of child pornography. A full report, he added, was not available at this time.

"Basically, the GBI provides other agencies with leads and information to obtain search warrants to execute," he says regarding APD's collaboration with the GBI.

Founded in 2002, the ICAC has worked cases that include not only child pornography but also online sexual predators. It helps local and state police agencies develop appropriate strategies toward combating these crimes and has helped arrest nearly 1,000 suspected offenders since it was first established.

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