Dozens arrested in Ga. child porn crackdown

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ATLANTA - A massive child pornography crackdown this week netted results all across Georgia, as authorities arrested 53 people, executed 80 search warrants and seized nearly 300 computers in what is being described as an all-out effort to stifle the illegal business.

The statewide bust called Operation Restore Hope began Tuesday, the culmination of a three-month effort to track the spread of online child pornography. It is a follow-up to an operation last year in which 27 people were arrested and more than 100 computers seized.

It homed in on computer users who share child pornography online for free, using peer-to-peer software, said John Whitaker, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent who led the operation.

His office has so far pinpointed 50,000 separate IP addresses - the Web equivalent of a street address or phone number - that are trading child pornography. He said Georgia's tally is the fifth-highest number in the nation.

"Even though we have other problems in Georgia, this is a major problem here compared with other states," said Whitaker. "And we're trying our best to move forward with this operation with as many resources as we have."

The operation involved 24 local agencies, federal prosecutors offices and the state Attorney General's Office. It also included the FBI, the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Postal Service.

The arrests spanned the state. In southeast Georgia's Effingham County, for instance, two suspects were arrested on child pornography charges. And authorities in west Georgia's Paulding County said the sting netted them two arrests as well.

Whitaker said one of the more disturbing cases was in DeKalb County, where authorities found a child who said she had been sexually abused for the last eight years. The suspect, John Kemker, was charged with child sexual exploitation, incest and aggravated child molestation, DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said.

State investigators, meanwhile, are already beginning to shift their focus to the next raid.

"It took us three months to gather our target list and now we're moving forward," Whitaker said. "We're going to wrap this one up and we'll start right on another one."

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RocknRoll
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RocknRoll 01/15/10 - 04:30 am
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Hang 'em by the balls , i say

Hang 'em by the balls , i say !

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/15/10 - 05:51 am
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It's nice to see some of

It's nice to see some of these pervs arrested, but what happens next? Are they released?

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Nativeson1 01/15/10 - 06:20 am
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"Are they released"....No the

"Are they released"....No the State of GA has a bottomless pit like the Spartans had and they are thrown down it never to return to society...

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andywarhol 01/15/10 - 06:45 am
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Great job!

Great job!

Just me 2
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Just me 2 01/15/10 - 07:25 am
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These creeps belong in a

These creeps belong in a bottomless pit!!!!!!!!!!!

tdp
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tdp 01/15/10 - 07:33 am
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Great job! I, for one, would

Great job! I, for one, would be willing to pay more taxes to help get these scumbags off the streets. Now, we just need to make chemical castration MANDATORY for all child molestors and we'll be well on our way!

reruns
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reruns 01/15/10 - 08:10 am
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DOn't waste our money on

DOn't waste our money on chemicals for the scumbags. I vote for the PIT!

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robaroo 01/15/10 - 08:50 am
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Something is very fishy about

Something is very fishy about this story. Are you telling me there are 50,000 Georgians who trade kiddie porn? I'm not convinced. It sounds more like there are 50,000 Georgians who looked at porn sites with models that may or may not be under age. Going after people who molest or rape children is a great idea. Going after people who look at internet porn is huge waste of tax dollars. You are talking about taking 50k people out of the tax base and putting them in prison where we have to pay for their upkeep. And after they get out, they will be labeled sex offenders for the rest of their lives and won't be able to get a job.

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corgimom 01/15/10 - 09:20 am
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Put them down like the sick

Put them down like the sick animals they are. Get them out of our society once and for all. Those people are downright evil and will never be right. Robaroo, you are sick, too. Here's the deal- it is ILLEGAL to possess child pornography. Period. End of story. Because it is evil to exploit a child for sexual purposes. If you can't understand that, you have serious problems. How many adults do you know that look like children?

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CyndiCk 01/15/10 - 09:51 am
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Would building a "bottomless"

Would building a "bottomless" pit be cheaper than keeping these monsters locked up? If so, I'm all for it!

robaroo
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robaroo 01/15/10 - 10:24 am
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Corgimom - you missed my

Corgimom - you missed my point completely. What I was trying to get across was that sometimes you can't tell how old a model is. With makeup, some girls who are under 18 look much older. My guess is that a lot of the 50,000 Georgians were looking at women they thought were 18 or older. Makes a good story to say there are 50k people looking at little kids, but I think the numbers are trumped up. And the cost to Georgia to go get them all would bankrupt the state.

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emergencyfan 01/15/10 - 11:33 am
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I agree with tdp...except for

I agree with tdp...except for the "chemical" part.

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sueboo418 01/15/10 - 12:00 pm
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I have seen some 14 year old

I have seen some 14 year old girls that look 18 . I know someone who is spending 10 years in prison because someone sent some child porn to him. He was not a sicko like some are but they decided to make an example of him; really a sad situation. I guess I want to know when they say child porn are they talking about 14 and 15 year olds or 6,7 and 8 year olds? If that's the case they need to put those [filtered word]in a cell with Bubba for their roommate!! And if don't take care of them then throw them in the pit. And these 14 and 15 year old girls that try to make themselves look 18, WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS???? I would have kicked my daughter's a** if she had tried to dress up like that at 14.

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change display name 01/15/10 - 12:42 pm
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Some of the kiddie porn that

Some of the kiddie porn that is being confiscated should be called toddler porn. We aren't talking 17-year-olds. We are talking babies. You can tell the difference, robaroo. I've seen it--in a Judicial setting, of course. 50,000 pervs in the state wouldn't surprise me. Columbia County has busted three in the past few months.

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AtlasShrugged 01/15/10 - 12:47 pm
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I'm with robaroo - very

I'm with robaroo - very concerned that 50,000 Georgians that were trading porn should be responsible for the age of all those pictured. I say get the people recruiting and exploiting underage children in the beginning - not the unaware internet user.

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jamesj 01/15/10 - 01:28 pm
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corgimom , seems like we all

corgimom , seems like we all might know some, and not realize it...50,000 is a lot of people...

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jamesj 01/15/10 - 01:35 pm
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Think about this, I have a

Think about this, I have a wireless router, what If someone in the neighborhood is piggybacking; the police will get my IP address… I will be locked up, investigated, confiscated, interrogated etc… when they finally don’t find anything, I may get out but, would still be ruined…

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 01/15/10 - 02:13 pm
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James, may I suggest you

James, may I suggest you password protect your router? But if you don't want to be bothered, perhaps you'd like to post your physical address so the hackers can park nearby and access all your on-line banking data, email, and other stuff along with the porn. As for the rest of you worried about "accidentally" viewing underage porn, I suggest you stop emailing that kind of stuff back and forth and surfing the net for it. Playboy magazine was good enough for your Dads, it ought to be good enough for you. (That's a joke, son)

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jamesj 01/15/10 - 02:23 pm
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for a hacker a password dont

for a hacker a password dont work....

jamesj
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jamesj 01/15/10 - 02:27 pm
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But if they do access my bank

But if they do access my bank account, they will feel sorry for me and deposit a little...

corgimom
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corgimom 01/15/10 - 03:09 pm
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Again, I ask. How many ADULTS

Again, I ask. How many ADULTS do you know that look like children? With child pornography, it's about CHILDREN that look like CHILDREN. And 14 and 15 year olds have NO BUSINESS, ever, doing sexual pictures. A teenager can look older; but have you ever mistaken one for an adult after they open their mouth? "I know someone who is spending 10 years in prison because someone sent some child porn to him. He was not a sicko like some are but they decided to make an example of him; really a sad situation. " Sure. Right. He's in prison for 10 years because one person, one time, sent it to him. Sorry, not believable. He IS a sicko, and you are dumb if you believe that ridiculous story.

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jamesj 01/15/10 - 03:14 pm
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We should arrest anyone who

We should arrest anyone who can masturbate to four computers at a time anyway...""arrested 53 people, executed 80 search warrants and seized nearly 300 computers ""

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jamesj 01/15/10 - 03:21 pm
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Corgimom, Not "dissing" you

Corgimom, Not "dissing" you but I do know quite a few adults that look much younger than they are, not looking like pre-teens, but in college looking like they are fourteen-fifteen-sixteen, and when they open their mouths, you think they are kids.

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sueboo418 01/15/10 - 03:36 pm
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Don't open your mouth corgi

Don't open your mouth corgi if you don't know the situation. AND YOU DON'T!!!!

jamesj
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jamesj 01/15/10 - 04:24 pm
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the 14 or 15 year olds take

the 14 or 15 year olds take the pics of themselves and post them on the net.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 01/15/10 - 08:13 pm
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Remember the movie "Pretty

Remember the movie "Pretty Baby"? It was shown in the Augusta area in the 80's on HBO and shows a nude 12-13 year old Brooke Shields. If anyone of you saw it then you are guilty of child pornography according to corgimom.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/15/10 - 09:06 pm
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"YOUR the dumb one" I love

"YOUR the dumb one" I love it, love it, love it! And I am telling you flat out, Sue Boo, that I don't believe you. And yes, that was child pornography, and Brooke Shields' crazy, alcoholic stage mother was her pimp.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/15/10 - 09:12 pm
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And it is incomprehensible to

And it is incomprehensible to me that anyone would want to see a child exploited.

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Jake 01/15/10 - 09:26 pm
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corgi, some of us that

corgi, some of us that watched the movie, with Susan Sarandon in it, didn't know what it contained until the actual scenes were shown. It was shocking but at that time it was considered just a movie. I would never promote watching the movie and in retrospect it wasn't a very good movie. So for me viewing it am I to be arrested? If I am then a lot of other people, male and female, should be arrested as well. What about the naked cherubs that are routinely shown on many art pieces during the Renaissance?

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TakeAstand 01/15/10 - 09:55 pm
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Yes hackers can get in if

Yes hackers can get in if they want to, its the chance you take using the internet, but your best bet is to at least make it harder for them and they may move on. If you are allowing it to be used freely so anyone can access without a password, then you get what you asked for. As far as the 300 computers, maybe they didn't catch all the pervs at home during their raids, but got the puters, and most likely they confiscated work ones too, not to mention some people have several computers at their home and the perv could use any of them and they would all be confiscated.

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