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Obscenity charges again land rookie cop in jail

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Arrest warrants indicate a Gwinnett police rookie who resigned in the face of allegations that he shared explicit online videos with minors was aiming the content at an audience between 13 and 15 years old.

David Lowe, 26, of Norcross, was arrested Friday and charged with distributing material depicting nudity or sexual conduct.

Lowe posted $5,700 bond during the holiday weekend but was again booked in jail Tuesday on another charge -- electronically furnishing obscene material to minors -- stemming from the same investigation.

How he ended up back in custody was not clear, as Lowe's warrants were obtained by police at the same time and are typically served together, said Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith.

Neither Lowe's warrants nor Gwinnett court records indicate that he has an attorney yet.

Smith said the GCPD special victims unit received a tip earlier this month from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation regarding explicit video posted on a website and aimed at minors. The tip was that an "unknown person" had created a profile on the website myyearbook.com, which limits contact between users based on an appropriate age range.

The investigation ultimately led detectives to Lowe's home on Ashley Club Circle in Norcross, where a search warrant was executed Friday. Lowe was home at the time and taken into custody.

Lowe graduated the Gwinnett County Police Department Academy on May 10 and was still in field training, which means he was accompanied in a patrol car by a veteran officer.

Authorities believe Lowe had been sharing videos on the site for at least a couple of months. Investigators did not learn that he was one of their own until the day before his arrest.

Police said Lowe was posting webcam videos of himself masturbating. Investigators made the move Friday afternoon as soon as they were able to put together a solid case with one victim, Smith said.

Following his arrest, Lowe resigned in lieu of being terminated, officials said.