One still wanted, third CSRA man charged in multi-state child exploitation ring

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

John Schneider has been charged alongside others as part of Operation Southern Impact III. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- A third CSRA man has been arrested and charged in connection with a multi-state child exploitation investigation.

John Schneider, 34, was charged Tuesday in connection with "Operation Southern Impact III.

One suspect is still wanted on the same charges of Child Molestation and Incest. Deputies are searching for James Pruin.

The operation, unveiled just last week, led to 82 arrests across the southeast and the rescue of 17 children thought to be exploited.

In Georgia alone, 31 suspects were taken into custody, most of which were involved in the possession or distribution of child pornography. Jordan Logan, 33, and John Malone, 21 are the two recently arrested and charged in Grovetown.

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