Rome, Georgia  –  In August 2017, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the US Department of Homeland Security began a joint investigation into the distribution of child pornography.  The two law enforcement agencies originally received information from the Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand (OCEANZ) police unit regarding images of child pornography being distributed internationally from a residence in Rome, Georgia. The OCEANZ team is a specialized police unit that is part of the Virtual Global Taskforce, whose mission is to protect children from online child abuse.

As a result of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at Jonathan Bopp’s home located on Guest House Court S.E. in Rome.  Bopp, 35, was arrested and charged with two counts of distribution of child pornography.  He was booked into 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 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 proliferation 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 should contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Unit at 404-270-8870.

Brian Johnston – Assistant Special Agent in Charge | CEACC | 404-270-8870