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Child exploitation case moves on

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Gwinnett grand jury this week indicted a Lilburn man on charges he swapped racy photographs with a child and hit on her via e-mail.

Thomas Bacot faces charges of sexual exploitation of children, electronically furnishing obscene material to minors and violation of an act written to protect children from online predators, according to the four-count indictment released Thursday.

Bacot, 31, allegedly possessed 10 sexually explicit images of the girl, a minor, on April 11, when he was questioned by Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials.

He also e-mailed the girl a photo of his genitals while having a sexually explicit chat with her over the Internet, the indictment says.

The indictment alleges Bacot knew the alleged victim was a child. The Gwinnett Daily Post does not identify victims of sex crimes.

Bacot was released from jail on $16,800 bond a day after his arrest.

Bacot's alleged behavior isn't limited to Gwinnett County, however, authorities said.

Officials with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office arrested Bacot in connection with an April charge he possessed computer pornography involving a minor in that county.

He'd posted $12,221 bond in Forsyth County prior to his arrest in Gwinnett.