Cobb aids in effort to halt child porn
by Lindsay Field
April 11, 2013 12:01 AM | 2535 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cobb County Police were among almost 50 state agencies that came together Wednesday to show up at front doors with search warrants for 98 suspects accused of distributing child pornography over the Internet.

In Cobb alone, six warrants were issued and numerous computers were taken and submitted for forensic analysis, according to Officer Mike Bowman with Cobb Police.

“No physical arrests have been made at this time,” he said. “Charges may be forthcoming pending the completion of the computer analyses.”

As of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 73 search warrants executed statewide and 41 arrests were made in connection with this continuing operation, according to John Bankhead with GBI.

According to a release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, search warrants were executed in 37 counties by 47 different police agencies as part of “Operation Guarding Innocence.”

Operation Guarding Innocence was conducted between January and March and helped identify suspects statewide who are accused of distributing child porn online.

It was developed in coordination with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. The goal is to better protect the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, which has served as a conduit for the generation of child porn by predators searching for underage victims.

“(This is) a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect,” the GBI release states. “The ICAC Task Force Program is an important partnership that focuses its efforts to protect children online and hold offenders accountable.”

There have been a total of 974 arrests made in Georgia since the task force was established in 2002.

 

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