Update, Feb. 28: Another 100 lewd images of children were found on a laptop belonging to a Gainesville man already facing charges for 11 images found on another device, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators obtained the additional warrants Friday, Feb. 28, which are based on “images located on Hardy’s laptop depicting children engaged in lewd display or sexual acts,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in a news release.
Previous story: A tip from state and federal authorities led to the arrest of a Gainesville man local authorities believe had lewd photos of children, according to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made the tip Monday, Feb. 17, regarding Clayton Henry Hardy, 34.
Hall County investigators searched Hardy’s home on Pinedale Lane in East Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
“According to the initial investigation, Hardy possessed at least 11 images of children between the approximate ages of (5) and 12 engaged in sex acts and lewd display of their bodies. The images were saved on an electronic device,” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said in a news release.
Booth said Hardy also allegedly had one quarter of a gram of methamphetamine in his possession.
The case is still under investigation, as investigators will process Hardy’s devices that were seized from the home.
Hardy was charged with 11 counts of sexual exploitation of children and possession of meth.
He was booked Tuesday in to the Hall County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
“Our investigators display a great deal of excellence on a daily basis, but the work on this particular case demonstrates the commitment they have to protecting children,” Sheriff Gerald Couch said in a statement. “A turnaround time of one day from tip to arrest just affirms the dedication our personnel have to the safety of the community.”