Richmond County among sites in statewide child porn crackdown

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 1:59 PM
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Authorities have executed more than 40 search warrants culminating a three-month investigation into the distribution of child pornography over the Internet in Georgia, including the Augusta area.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, along with local and federal law enforcement agencies, had made 16 arrests and confiscated 60 computers by this afternoon in a sweep that began in the morning.

Two search warrants were executed in Richmond County today by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the GBI, a spokesman said.

As a result of the searches, several computers were seized and are being held for forensic examination.

In addition, three other child pornography related cases that were not part of this operation were also conducted today which also resulted in computers being seized, a GBI spokesman said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on its Web site that the operation known as "Operation Shattered Innocence" included 17 local agencies from all regions in the state.

John Whitaker, special agent in charge of GBI's high tech crimes investigations, says the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force detected the porn distribution ring through software tools used to find Internet users who were sharing computer files. He says the computer files consisted of child pornography ranging from nude photos to graphic videos.

The task force is composed of 17 local law enforcement agencies and state and federal agencies, including the three Georgia U.S. attorney offices.

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willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 03/10/09 - 02:20 pm
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Why the web page ain't

Why the web page ain't showing the faces of those arrested?

My_2nd
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My_2nd 03/10/09 - 02:28 pm
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because it just happen. plus

because it just happen. plus this country does not like to embarrass pedophiles. too many within the government.

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 03/10/09 - 03:03 pm
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why willistontownsc can't

why willistontownsc can't speak English?

rzombie125
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rzombie125 03/10/09 - 03:21 pm
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does it really matter ^^^^^^

does it really matter ^^^^^^

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 03/10/09 - 03:26 pm
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We all know why. It's Obama

We all know why. It's Obama fault.

justsaying
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justsaying 03/10/09 - 03:53 pm
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If convicted they should make

If convicted they should make them wear pedophile t shirts for their first day in the pen...sure they would make new friends quickly...

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/10/09 - 04:16 pm
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If convicted, they should be

If convicted, they should be given three options:
1. They should get prison time with the biggest meanest dude in prison for a cellmate.
2. Chemical Castration
3.If they don't like the first two options, execute them.
No one in prison will befriend them, because from what I have heard, even hardcore criminals have no mercy for child molesters.

justsaying
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justsaying 03/10/09 - 04:24 pm
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hence making them wear the t

hence making them wear the t shirts...no protective custody..

obama4america
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obama4america 03/10/09 - 04:31 pm
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I agree with u

I agree with u themaninthemirror

Sharky
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Sharky 03/10/09 - 05:19 pm
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I got this from the Chanel 12

I got this from the Chanel 12 website:

The GBI office in Thomson says two warrants were served in Richmond County and several computers were seized. No arrests were made. Three other computers were also seized in non-related cases.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 03/10/09 - 05:47 pm
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Where's Lorena Bobbit when

Where's Lorena Bobbit when you need her?

tdp
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tdp 03/10/09 - 09:06 pm
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Castration is the only way to

Castration is the only way to go for pedophiles. Take away their equipment and they won't be able to play the game.

3headedbeast
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3headedbeast 03/11/09 - 08:33 am
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Good job to our nation's

Good job to our nation's first black U.S.attorney general Eric Holder. Just in time for the master.

onehotdog
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onehotdog 03/11/09 - 09:48 am
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tdp- if you take away their

tdp- if you take away their equipment they can't play the game.. well they will still have their hands and will still be out there with the ability to touch, fondle, etc.
I agree with the man in the mirror.

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justus4 03/11/09 - 09:38 pm
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If convicted? Ha! They are
Unpublished

If convicted? Ha! They are guilty as everybody else who have contact with the police, and why are these losers any different? And there are no pics because they are non-minority and their families must be considered. While some minority familymembers find out their love ones are DEAD on the evening news. And grown men attempting to harm a child is completely reprehensible and deserve no protection, in terms of identity and background. However, it seems that some laws are in place to protect these losers. Let's wait on pictures, probably none are minorities.

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