Multi-State Child Exploitation Sting Operation Leads to 76 Arrests

A multi-state sting operation that concentrated on catching individuals who participate in the sexual abuse of minors, particularly newborn children and babies led to the arrest of 76 people.

“While investigators regularly target the trading of all types of child pornography, in Operation Southern Impact II, investigators targeted those seeking out and distributing the most violent child pornography involving infants and toddlers,” the Georgia Bureau of Investigations said in a statement. (

“The Commanders of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in these states wanted to reinforce to those who exploit children that the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Forces will work together to make an impact in their respective states and the region as a whole.” (

The operation included in excess of 200 law enforcement agencies and crossed eight southeastern states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. A considerable lot of those captured were charged with possession of child porn or the distribution of child porn, and some were charged with traveling with the intent to engage in sexual relations with a minor.

The youngest arrested was 17 and the oldest was 73. Those captured incorporated a postal worker, a mechanic, a magician, a construction worker, a truck driver, a restaurant worker, an online tutor, a foster parent, a church daycare administrator and a church youth director. Also arrested was an undocumented immigrant who identifies as a traveling “pastor”.

About half of those captured were from Georgia. 13 children were identified or saved in the operation. The investigation likewise prompted to information on those in different states like Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee and the leads were passed on to task forces in those jurisdictions.

“During the operation, 136 search warrants were executed and 100 knock and talks were conducted in those eight states. During those search warrants and knock and talks, 736 digital devices were previewed and 1,255 digital devices were seized. Of those devices seized 235 were mobile phones,” the Daily Reflector reports. (

The sting, called Operation Southern Impact II, started about four months ago and ended with two days of search warrants and arrests.

“Operation Southern Impact II highlights the types of investigations ICAC task force officers deal with on a daily basis. It is important to understand that people who prey on children walk among us everywhere. They are in our schools, our churches, and hidden in plain sight in all of our neighborhoods,” North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations Special Agent in Charge Alan Flora said in a statement. (

“Many of them believe that they are operating anonymously on the internet, but I assure you they can be caught when adequate resources are committed to that cause,” he said. “The ICAC task force is relentless in our determination to expose and remove those who prey on our most vulnerable and precious citizens. We are fighting a battle that never ends, but we never quit.” (


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