Clarke County, GA (November 13, 2020) – On Tuesday, November 11, 2020, Richard Nathanial Wood, 42, was arrested in Madison County, GA and was charged with five counts of Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. An investigation into Wood’s internet activity began after information was received by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The case was worked together by the Athens Office of the FBI and the GBI’s CEACC Unit. The investigation determined Wood had been having graphic sexual conversations with children online and ultimately led to Wood’s arrest. Wood was booked into the Athens-Clarke 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 other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870.