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Jefferson police arrest man on child exploitation charges
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The Jefferson Police Department has arrested a 33-year-old man in connection to a child pornography case.

Police Chief Joe Wirthman said Jefferson resident Lolan Reeves Jr. has been charged with two counts of child exploitation.

The arrest was made after an anonymous tip was called into the GBI, concerning the 33-year-old Jefferson resident.

"We are working with the (Georgia Bureau of Investigations), and he is currently being held at the Jackson County Jail," Wirthman said. "The case is still under investigation. Officers are going through the evidence."

According to Wirthman, the evidence involves a "large amount" of pictures, videos and downloads of children from ages 5 and older.

Reeves’ arrest falls on the same week that Charles R. Van Brackle of Rabun Gap was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison after being charged with receiving child pornography. Van Brackle’s arrest also was investigated by the GBI and netted a computer with more than 1,000 sexually explicit videos and still images of children.

In July, former Forsyth County Sheriff’s Sgt. Milton Scott Pruitt was found guilty on two counts of receiving child pornography. Although he has not been sentenced yet, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, child pornography is any visual depiction of a person younger than 18 engaging in sexually explicit conduct.