Child sexual exploitation investigation leads to arrest in Columbia County
Monday, June 8, 2020
APPLING, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A Columbia County man has been arrested in a state investigation pertaining to the online sexual exploitation of children.
On Friday, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, assisted by other departments, executed multiple search warrants in Columbia and Richmond counties, including one at the home of Mark Christopher Greene in Appling, according to authorities.
The search warrants were related to an investigation pertaining to the online sexual exploitation of children. The investigation began after receiving multiple cybertips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children related to child sexual abuse images.
As a result of the investigation, Greene was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and three counts of distribution of child pornography, according to authorities. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Greene was booked into Columbia County jail.
This investigation is part of the ongoing effort to identify those involved in the child pornography trade.
The ICAC Program, created by the U. S. Department of Justice, was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the increase of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.
Anyone with information about this case or any other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870.