New York Man Arrested in Rome for Possession of Child Porn

September 22, 2011

Rome, GA – As result of information developed by the New York State Police,  a New York man was arrested in Rome yesterday after GBI agents found child pornography on his laptop computer.  Zachary Bourbeau, 19, of Tupperlake, NY, who was in Rome visiting a student at Berry College he met online, was charged with one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

When approached by agents with the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, Bourbeau agreed to a consent search of his laptop. A forensic analysis of the laptop uncovered numerous images and videos of  sexually explicit child pornography.  Bourbeau, who also faces related charges in New York, was taken to the Floyd County Jail.

This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, housed within the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit,  to identify those involved in the child porn 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 proliferation of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims. The Task Force consists of 132 affiliate Georgia law enforcement agencies.

In 2008, the Georgia ICAC Task Force made 109 arrests and in 2009 made 164 arrests. In 2010, the Task Force made 162 arrests. So far in 2011, the Task Force has made 126 arrests. There have been 764 arrests in Georgia by the ICAC Task Force since it was established in 2002.

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John Bankhead - 404-270-8330
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