More arrests being made in child exploitation cases in Georgia

Published: Jul. 20, 2016 at 12:22 PM EDT
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DECATUR, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says arrests are on the rise in Child Exploitation cases around the state.

In 2016, GBI says at least 275 arrests were made, which is up from 201 in 2015 and 189 in 2014.

The arrests are resulting from investigations conducted and coordinated by the bureau’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unity and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

In a statement, GBI Special Agent in Charge of the CEACC Unit Debbie Garner stated “These increased arrests illustrate the importance of the Task Force working together and show that individuals attempting to exploit children will not be tolerated.”

GBI says new affiliates who partnered with the bureau are helping them to conduct more proactive investigations. Over the past year, multiple undercover operations were conducted by the task force leading to arrests.