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Posted 07 November 2016 - 06:03 PM


“Operation Southern Impact” Targets Those Who Exploit Children via the net

 Decatur, GA – A Dallas man was among the total of 31 people were arrested during a mutually coordinated operation between Georgia and Alabama law enforcement agencies.  The investigation, dubbed Operation Southern Impact targeted persons who sexually exploit children using the Internet.
Kenneth Patrick Flowers
Kenneth Flowers, a 54-year-old Dallas, GA engineer and small business owner was among the 21 people  arrested and charged with crimes pursuant to O.C.G.A. 16-12-100.2, Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges may be forthcoming after analysis of seized digital devices. The joint, proactive investigation was coordinated by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (GA ICAC TF) and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (AL ICAC TF). The Paulding County Sheriff's office is among the dozens of law enforcement agencies that range from other city and county departments to the FBI, Homeland Security and the United States Secret Service.

The investigation focused on those who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using the internet.

Planning for Operation Southern Impact began approximately 3 months ago and culminated in 2 days of search warrant executions and arrests in Georgia and Alabama.

The cooperation among agencies and among states illustrates their level of commitment to detect, arrest, and prosecute child predators.  

 A total of 54 search warrants were executed in Georgia and Alabama. Law enforcement officers conducting the searches were looking for evidence of possession and distribution of child pornography using the internet as well as evidence of other child exploitation related crimes. Over the course of the operation, 162 digital devices were examined and 731 digital media and devices were seized as evidence in Georgia and Alabama.

The arrestees, ranged in age from 22 to 73. Some of their occupations included students, engineer, small business owner, store clerk, mechanic and military cybersecurity personnel.

Those in custody and charged in Georgia as part of Operation Southern Impact are:
1. David Potts, W/M, Cumming, GA, 61 years of age, retired
2. Tyler Quarles, W/M, Winterville, GA, 24 years of age, store clerk
3. Parker Hoekstra, W/M, Smyrna, GA, 22 years of age, student
4. Robert Peters, W/M, Winston, GA, 73 years of age, retired
5. Kenneth Flowers, W/M, Dallas, GA, 54 years of age, engineer/small business owner
6. Corey Moore, B/M, Savannah, GA, 38 years of age, unemployed
7. Ray Powers III, W/M, Warner Robbins, 27 years of age, manufacturing employee
8. Russell Love, Jr., W/M, Swainsboro, GA, 48 years of age, unemployed
9. Kevin Tanner, W/M, Kite, GA, 40 years of age, production line worker
10. Dwight Watson, W/M, Canton, GA, 43 years of age, addiction counseling pastor
11. Jonathan Hurwitz, W/M, Evans, GA, 48 years of age, military cybersecurity personnel
12. Benjamin Brinker, W/M, Lawrenceville, GA, 30 years of age, construction
13. Daniel Ridley, W/M, Cornelia, GA, 34 years of age, fencing company employee
14. Kerry Williams, W/M, Columbus, GA, 56 years of age, mechanic
15. Roger McDonald, W/M, Valdosta, GA, 61 years of age, Registered Nurse
16.Shane Murphy, W/M, Winder, GA, 37 years of age, unemployed
17. Jason Herrin, W/M, of Douglasville, GA, 27 years of age, restaurant employee
18. Erik Nateras, H/M, of Atlanta, GA, 27 years of age, unknown

The Georgia ICAC Task Force is comprised of 210+ local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, other related criminal justice agencies and prosecutor’s offices. The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the U. S. Department of Justice and managed and operated by the GBI in Georgia, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and
community education.

The ICAC Program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims. By helping state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective and sustainable responses to online child victimization and child pornography, the ICAC program delivers national resources at the local level. The Georgia ICAC Task Force made 244 arrests in 2015. The GA ICAC TF received almost 3,000 tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in 2015 and worked 3,872 investigations related to child exploitation. The GA ICAC TF also conducted 391 Internet safety presentations.



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Posted 07 November 2016 - 06:48 PM

Sick bastards.
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