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98 suspects targeted in child porn investigation

DECATUR -- The Gwinnett County Police Department was part of an extensive investigation of child porn crimes that resulted in search warrants being executed on Wednesday.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force worked with authorities in 37 Georgia counties in the largest operation of its kind by ICAC. The statewide operation included 47 federal, state and local law enforcement or criminal justice agencies.

The investigation ran from January through March and aimed to detect specific child porn images being shared over the Internet. GBI spokesman John Bankhead said 98 suspects were identified as distributing child porn and are targets in the search warrants.

The ICAC Task Force Program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child porn and increased activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims, Bankhead said.

Since April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Bankhead said it's a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect.

Agencies involved in “Operation Guarding Innocence”

  1. Georgia Bureau Of Investigation
  2. U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  3. U.S. Secret Service
  4. Homeland Security Investigations
  5. Federal Bureau Of Investigation
  6. U.S. Marshal Service
  7. Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives
  8. United States Attorney’s Office Northern District Of Georgia
  9. United States Attorney’s Office Southern District Of Georgia
  10. United States Attorney’s Office Middle District Of Georgia
  11. Houston County Sheriff’s Office
  12. Gwinnett County Police Department
  13. Atlanta Police Department
  14. Cobb County Police Department
  15. Newton County Sheriff’s Office
  16. DeKalb County Police Department
  17. Henry County Police Department
  18. Walton County Sheriff’s Office
  19. Paulding County Sheriff’s Office
  20. Kingsland Police Department
  21. Sandy Springs Police Department
  22. Liberty County Sheriff’s Office
  23. Clayton County Police Department
  24. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
  25. Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
  26. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
  27. St. Mary’s Police Department
  28. Camden County Sheriff’s Office
  29. Loganville Police Department
  30. Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office
  31. Effingham County Sheriff’s Office
  32. Army CID
  33. Athens-Clarke Police Department
  34. Coweta County Sheriff’s Office
  35. Union City Police Department
  36. Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office
  37. Savannah – Metro Police Department
  38. Roswell Police Department
  39. Watkinsville Police Department
  40. Powder Springs Police Department
  41. Lamar County Sheriff’s Office
  42. Warner Robins Police Department
  43. Columbus Police Department
  44. Bartow County Sheriff’s Office
  45. Marietta Police Department
  46. Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office
  47. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office