Child Sexual Exploitation in Georgia During COVID-19 Quarantine

Decatur, GA (May 21, 2020) – Since March 16, 2020, when Georgia public elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools ceased in person classes, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, along with other GBI regional offices, have executed 16 exigent search warrants related to online child sexual exploitation. In addition, the GBI CEACC Unit has assisted other agencies with similar search warrants. As a result, the GBI has arrested 15 individuals for the possession, distribution and/or production of child sexual abuse images. Some of those arrested were also charged with the associated crime of child molestation.  Consequently, the GBI CEACC Unit has rescued 8 children from situations in which they were being sexually abused. Other previous child victims were also identified but the offender no longer had access to the child. Some of the offenders subsequently indicated they had numerous undetected victims. It is possible additional victims will be discovered as more interviews are conducted and digital forensic analysis of digital devices occurs. Additional charges and arrests may be forthcoming.

GBI Investigates Shooting in Johnson County

Wrightsville, GA (May 20, 2020) – On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at approximately 6:06 p.m., the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 185 Tucker Grove Church Road, Wrightsville, Johnson County, GA, in reference to a female being shot. Johnson County Sheriff’s Office subsequently requested the assistance of the GBI Eastman office. 

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Macon

Macon, GA (May 20, 2020) – On Tuesday, May 19, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Region 13 Perry Office was requested by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting.

GBI Investigates Death in Tift County

Ty Ty, GA (May 18, 2020) – On Sunday, May 17, 2020, the Tift County Sheriff’s Office requested the GBI to assist in a death investigation.

On the evening of Sunday, May 17, 2020, the Tift County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased person in the 100 block of Ty Ty Sycamore Road, Ty Ty, GA. Upon arrival, responding deputies discovered the body of Dexter Bernard Patterson, 49, of Ty Ty. Patterson was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed on Patterson at the GBI Crime Lab in Macon.

GBI Investigates Officer Involved Shooting in Greenville, GA

Greenville, GA (May 16,2020) – On Saturday, May 16, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Greenville Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 7:18 p.m., a female resident at an address on Tobe Harris Street, Greenville, GA called 911 and reported that a shirtless male was in her yard waiving a gun around towards her. The male subsequently took off running towards Martin Street.

Two Arrested in McDuffie County on Reckless Conduct & Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree Charges

Warrenton, GA (May 15, 2020) – On May 15th, 2020, the GBI  arrested Terry Kelley Jr, age 28, and Clarice Fife, age 31, both of Dearing, GA, and charged them with Reckless Conduct and Cruelty to Children in the 2nd Degree. Kelley and Fife were processed at the McDuffie County jail in Thomson, GA.  

On Friday, March 13th, 2020, at approximately 9:13 PM, the GBI was requested to assist the Warren County Sheriff’s Office with a shooting investigation at 1872 Ranger Road, Warrenton, GA, 30828.

Hall County Man Arrested on Charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children

Gainesville, GA (May 16, 2020) – On Friday, May 15, 2020, Billy Eller, 43, of Gainesville, GA, was charged by agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit for two counts of Possession of Child Pornography and two counts of Distribution of Child Pornography. These charges were obtained as a result of an investigation conducted by the GBI and Homeland Security Investigations regarding the possible possession and distribution of child pornography by Eller via a popular social media application. Homeland Security Investigations was initially notified of the possible possession and distribution of child pornography by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). 

Clayton County Man Arrested on Sexual Exploitation of Children Charges

Forest Park, GA (May 15, 2020) – On Thursday, May 14, 2020, Joshua Mapson, 24, of Forest Park, GA, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children. The arrest was made with assistance from the Clayton County Police Department and Lilburn Police Department. This arrest came after an investigation was conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into the possible sexual exploitation of children by Mapson via an online service.

Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation Leads to One Arrest in Butts County

Decatur, GA (May 15, 2020) – On Friday, May 15, 2020, agents and digital forensic investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), with the assistance of the Butts County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at the residence of Michael David Miller, 58, in Jackson, Butts County, GA. The search warrant was related to an investigation pertaining to the online sexual exploitation of children. As a result of the investigation, Miller was arrested and charged with five counts of Possession of Child Pornography and one count of Bestiality.  

Miller is currently being held at the Butts County Jail.

Registered Sex Offender Arrested on Charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children in Burke County

Waynesboro, GA. – On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, registered sex offender William Thomas Voss, 37, of Waynesboro, GA, was arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, on an active warrant for one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography). An investigation into Voss by the GBI began after information was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possible upload and possession of child pornography by Voss to a social media application.