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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just a comment or two
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just a comment or two 01/16/10 - 12:06 am
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Outlaw porn and life is

Outlaw porn and life is better for everyone. Porn is not a first amendment right the way I read it. When your right to traffic photos and movies of sexuals acts for profit causes harm to society - addiction, children, etc. - it is no longer a right. Jesus says love others more than yourself. Apostle Paul says to esteem others as better than yourself. Making profits from porn is not done in love of others.

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jamesj 01/16/10 - 12:47 am
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Making profits from church

Making profits from church collections is not done in love of others. I know, they dont profit. They just dont call it profit...

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Nativeson1 01/16/10 - 01:17 am
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Some serious name calling

Some serious name calling going on tonight...Must be a full moon or something...

Harrisburgsurvivor
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Harrisburgsurvivor 01/16/10 - 02:52 am
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All of that filth shoud be

All of that filth shoud be banned.

nofrills
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nofrills 01/16/10 - 08:11 am
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Children are just that!

Children are just that! Children! They don't have a clue about the real world and its our job to protect them. The law is clear in these cases but once the arrest is made the courts give them sweetheart deals so they can get right back out there and carry on under a different name. We as parents have to dp a better job in this electronic age. We must take control of our young people. Stop letting your teens run the streets. Find out who they are hanging out with, Ask the tough questions and by all means please teach them some manners.

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seenitB4 01/16/10 - 09:40 am
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You can have your computer

You can have your computer hijacked with passwords,,,I did..There will always be crooks out there to abuse the innocents. Child molesters need to be put away for a looong time. Look at the jerks trying to take advantage right now of the people giving aid & money to the victims in Haiti..too bad..the internet is a double edge sword,, sorta like the media..tv esp.

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corgimom 01/16/10 - 09:51 am
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"It was shocking but at that

"It was shocking but at that time it was considered just a movie." No it wasn't, and Brooke Shields is still talking about it, all these years later. It was very controversial and there was on the news. People haven't forgotten it.

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sliique 01/16/10 - 11:34 am
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Woot!!! for GA Law

Woot!!! for GA Law Enforcement! Where's HughDonnett an Holly Hollyu? They so LOVE to see their names in print.

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andywarhol 01/16/10 - 12:08 pm
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Great job!

Great job!

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 01/16/10 - 12:40 pm
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Did you know that it is

Did you know that it is possible for a hacker to store illegal porn on your computer without your knowledge?? And that this can be used to put you in prison?? That's why it is important to have a firewall.

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sueboo418 01/16/10 - 01:13 pm
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Corgimom, until you know a

Corgimom, until you know a situation, keep you mouth shut on it. I don't believe in exploiting children. It is incomprehensible to think someone could do that to a child. The situation I was referring to was not the case. Maybe you need to get out of that glass house you live in every once in a while lady!!! I be you wouldn't call me dumb to my face. You talk real big behind this computer don't ya??? Moron!!!

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sueboo418 01/16/10 - 01:19 pm
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I guess you do "love it"

I guess you do "love it" being able to run your mouth about a situation you know NOTHING about. If someone really does promote child pornography then YES they should be thrown in the pit!!!
You and Justus are in the same boat lady!! You love to voice your lopsided opinion on everything. You go to almost every story and have to post your pathetic opinions because you have nothing better to do. I only post to something I feel strongly about unlike you; this reader response is your life!!! ha ha Another sad situation is corgimom, go on back to your glass house now!!!

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Jane18 01/16/10 - 02:33 pm
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When I read two people

When I read two people arrested in Effingham County, I could not believe my eyes were seeing correctly. I'll be going down there in a couple of weeks, maybe by then, someone will have stomped their sorry behinds! I was born and reared in Effingham, it was once a great little country county, now there are so many people there, I actually hate to go down to visit relatives or go to the cemetery where my parents are. I'm sure there were perverts around when I was growing up, but had they been found out, they would have toted a whipping for a long, long, time.

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jack 01/16/10 - 07:32 pm
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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!
Posted by tdp on Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:33 AM....Chemical hell. I'm for the real castration of these pervs.

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corgimom 01/16/10 - 09:53 pm
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Hey, Sueboo, you sure do take

Hey, Sueboo, you sure do take an interest in me, don't you? I don't know hoe much you post, and don't care, how, when, where, or why you post. Why would I? But it is funny when you post bs on here and think that people believe your cockamamie stories. Ask yourself these questions- why didn't your "friend" report the pornography to his Net provider? Why didn't he close his account? Why didn't he change his screen name? Here's the answer- because he didn't want to.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/16/10 - 10:46 pm
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"I be you wouldn't call me

"I be you wouldn't call me dumb to my face." Well, actually, Sueboo, I wouldn't need to- you do it to yourself- but yes, I would. Why wouldn't I? You could call me a moron to my face, I'd laugh. I'm supposed to be concerned about what you think of me? And then I'd tell you that I didn't believe your "friend's" story. Because I don't, and I don't have a problem saying that. But I tell you what- I'm pretty good at searching court records, and so are other people on here. Tell us his name, and if I'm wrong, I will apologize.

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paladin5 01/17/10 - 03:28 am
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The Numbers in the Local

The Numbers in the Local Georgia news release is not even the Tip of the Iceberg. If you research the Child Porn Culture and Industry, the numbers you will encounter with regard to National and International incidents will lock up your brain. This culture is not about the money making commercial porn sites. It is about deceptive and manipulative sharing of child porn and the use of technology to protect the users. Several new law enforcement TV programs have built scenarios from real world situations, including Crminal Minds to raise awareness about this type of activity. 50K people is just a beginning. Do your homework and you will encounter information that will make discussions about how some 14 and 15 year old juveniles look just chitchat about porn motivations.

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