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21 from Georgia arrested in child pornography operation
Joint operation with Alabama targets exploitation via Internet
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Working with local agencies, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Friday the arrests of 21 Georgia residents in an operation targeting “persons who sexually exploit children by using the internet.”

The Hall and Habersham sheriff’s offices contributed to “Operation Southern Impact,” which made 31 arrests between Georgia and Alabama.

The ages of those arrested ranged from 22 to 73, according to a GBI news release, after a total of 54 search warrants were executed.

Men from Winder, Cornelia and Cumming were in custody and charged in the Georgia side of the operation.

“The planning for Operation Southern Impact began approximately (three) months ago and culmintated in (two) days of search warrant executions and arrests in Georgia and Alabama,” according to the news release.

Officers in the operation were “looking for evidence of possession and distribution of child pornography using the internet as well as evidence of other child exploitation related crimes,” according to the news release.

Agents seized 731 digital media and devices in the operation, according to authorities.

In 2015, the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 244 people.

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