Statewide child porn bust nets 40 arrests, one from Cherokee
by the Cherokee Tribune staff
January 14, 2010 01:00 AM | 3798 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee Sheriff's Office participated in a statewide crackdown on child pornography that led to more than 40 arrests including one in the county.

The agency's Internet Crimes against Children detectives participated on Tuesday in "Operation Restore Hope," a statewide child porn investigation that began in October.

As a result of the joint investigation, Micah Campos, 28, of Canton, was arrested on 20 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

During the execution of a search warrant at his home, detectives found images of suspected child porn on his computer.

Campos is being held at the Cherokee Adult Detention Center without bond.

The sheriff's office is a cooperative member of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The task force participated in the operation, which was led by the GBI and also included agents from the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, the U.S. Marshal's Service and the U.S. Postal Service.

The task force program was created by the Department of Justice to help state and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet, online communications systems or other computer technology to sexually exploit children.

As part of the statewide bust, at least 44 people were arrested and 279 computers and other devices were seized on Tuesday. More arrests are possible, officials said, as 89 people were being investigated.

The sweep was a follow-up to March's "Operation Shattered Innocence," which yielded 27 arrests and the seizure of more than 100 computers.
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