ALEA, GBI arrest 31 in online child sexual exploitation case

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Georgia and Alabama investigators say 31 people are in jail after a joint operation targeting the sexual exploitation of children online.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says in a news release Friday planning for “Operation Southern Impact” began about three months ago. It resulted in 54 warrants being served over a two-day period in the two states.

The operation focused on people who possess and distribute child pornography, as well as those who use the internet to exploit children in other ways. Authorities examined 162 digital devices and 731 were seized as evidence..

The GBI says 21 people were arrested in Georgia and 10 in Alabama, and additional arrests are possible. Those arrested ranged in age from 22 to 73.

The Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force say they want to reinforce to those who exploit children that the task forces are committed to detect, arrest, and prosecute all child predators.

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