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98 Warrants Issued in Georgia Child Porn Investigation [UPDATE]

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release
Updated: April 14, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Law enforcement in Georgia is still rounding up 98 people identified in what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation calls the state's largest child pornography investigation ever.

A GBI agent said 47 people had been arrested as of Friday. She said no makers of child porn were identified during the investigation called "Operation Guarding Innocence." But the 98 people were viewing images or videos of children being sexually assaulted.

Special Agent Sandra Putnam told the Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/XL42hO ) that the investigation was driven by computer technicians who located IP addresses where people traded images of sexually exploited images. The large crackdown coincides with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.


Associated Press Release

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has announced warrants have been issued for nearly 100 people suspected of distributing child pornography over the Internet.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead says the three-month investigation involved 47 federal, state, and local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

Bankhead says the investigation was an effort of the GBI's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to respond to increasing numbers of children and teens using the Internet, an increase in the availability of child pornography, and an upswing in the number of predators trolling the Internet for victims.

Bankhead says the investigation, titled "Operation Guarding Innocence," was the largest of its kind to be executed in Georgia. Since it was established in 2002, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has made 976 arrests in Georgia.


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