CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Tuesday that 10 people were arrested during a four-day effort last week in Clayton County, where authorities worked to identify tips they received involving child pornography.
The GBI said five children were identified as prior victims.
"The planning for this operation began approximately four months ago and culminated in four days of investigative actions to include search warrant executions, knock and talks, interviews, data and image analysis, digital forensic processing, and arrests," the GBI said in a news release.
Those arrested ranged in age from 19 to 64. At least two had been previously accused of child molestation and at least one had been questioned before related to possession of child pornography.
Those arrested and charged in Clayton County are:
- Geré Patrick Beasley, 19, student
- Isaiah Edwards, 22, restaurant employee
- Gabriel Fuentes-Arambula, 41, unemployed
- Greyson Grant, 23, student
- Robert Jump, 55, unemployed
- William Moran, 64, unemployed
- Luis Alfredo Merida Ortiz, 26, restaurant employee
- Kevin Pineda, 24, warehouse worker
- Jumah Travers, 32, unemployed
- Rico Williams, 21, unemployed
During the sting, 17 search warrants were executed and 15 "knock and talks" were conducted. They looked at 130 digital devices in which 30 were seized as evidence.
They said the coordinated effort was between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, the GBI’s Special Enforcement Team (SET), and the Clayton County Police Department. As part of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, the agencies partnered to investigate numerous cybertips received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
In addition to those agencies involved in the planning of the operation, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, Forest Park Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Lake City Police Department, Lovejoy Police Department, Morrow Police Department, and Riverdale Police Department all assisted during various aspects of this effort.
The Georgia ICAC Task Force made 350 arrests in 2017. In 2018, the Georgia ICAC Task Force made 307 arrests. In 2019, the Georgia ICAC Task Force made 474 arrests.