The sting included search warrant executions, undercover operations, arrests and sex offender compliance visits. Police executed 134 search warrants, spoke to 215 registered sex offenders and seized more than 1,600 electronic devices, the GBI said.
The suspects were targeted based on cyber tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as well as online undercover investigations conducted by local law enforcement agencies.
The majority of the arrests in Georgia involved the possession or distribution of child porn, including material containing the violent sexual abuse of infants and toddlers, the GBI said.
Of the dozens arrested in Georgia, seven were apprehended after allegedly traveling to meet and have sex with minors.
“A goal of the operation was to arrest persons who communicate with children online and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex,” the GBI said in a news release announcing the arrests.
Four of the people arrested in Georgia were already registered sex offenders, including one person who was charged in 2015 after a similar GBI operation.
The 31 people charged in Georgia are:
•James Barfield IV, 51, Atlanta, home improvement store employee
•Dillan M. Bell, 26, Allenhurst, unemployed
•Gerald Chamberlain, 34, Rome, golf course maintenance worker
•Carol Chellew, 56, Jefferson, county employee
•Doug Chellew, 56, Jefferson, department store employee
•Timothy Wayne Diggs, 39, Metter, information technology specialist
•Keith James Diver, 37, Norcross, restaurant employee
•Erick Noe Gonzalez, 26, Buford, landscaper
•Erik Gordon, 30, Morrow, shipping company employee
•Desmond Lemond Hasley, 27, Douglasville, staffing company employee
•Keidron Jayquan Isham, 23, Rome, unemployed
•Claude Martin Johnson IV, 21, Augusta, unemployed
•Andrew Kim, 30, Suwanee, business owner
•Jordan Logan, 33, Grovetown, painter
•Jonathan Craig Manning, 28, Rome, railroad worker
•Andrew J. Martz, 30, Tyrone, student
•Matthew James McDurmond, 26, Cedartown, unknown
•Terry Menard, 61, Roswell, multimedia designer
•Daniel Joseph Mullinax, 35, Auburn, unemployed
•Justin Lee Myers, 22, Cleveland, unknown
•Andrew Benjamin Nelson, 42, Marietta, construction worker
•Michael David Quinn, 44, Roswell, unknown
•Matthew Steven Ramski, 37, Cumming, graphic design artist
•Arlen Lemuel Riddle, 46, Muscadine, Ala., firefighter
•Malchijah Robinson, 40, Decatur, unemployed
•David Chris Sammons, 33, Eatonton, factory worker
•Omar S. Sanchez-Viera, 40, Jonesboro, health supplement company employee
•Chad Sitzwohl, 35, Dawsonville, factory worker
•Wille D. Slaughter, 33, Valdosta, military veteran
•Wan Yeung Tang, 45, Cumming, dishwasher
•Tyler Wooten, 21, Sharpsburg, student
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