Tip leads to 3 arrests in child exploitation cases

Three men face child sexual exploitation charges after Barrow County officials received a tip from national authorities about the men possibly having child pornography, a spokesman said Monday. 

Jason Eric Bramlett, David Ryan Steeley and Jeffrey Clayton Yancey face 43 child sex crimes charges between them, according to a release from the county. 

Officials searched their homes after getting a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Capt. Ryan Sears said. Bramlett and Steeley were arrested March 30. 

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Sears said authorities found illegal images in Bramlett’s Auburn home that dated to 2013. He faces eight counts of child exploitation, including five for distributing images on the internet. He has since bonded out of the Barrow County jail. 

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Steeley was already out on bond in Hall County on child molestation charges when officials charged him with 20 counts, four for child sexual exploitation and 16 for attempt to commit child sexual exploitation. 

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A small child was also found during the search of Steeley’s Winder home. As part of his bond agreement in Hall County, he could not have contact with minors. He remains in the Barrow County jail. 

Yancey, also of Winder, was arrested April 18 on seven counts of possession of illegal images and videos and eight counts distributing other illegal images, Sears said. Yancey also faces drug charges and remains in the Barrow County jail. 

Sears said the cases are still under investigation. No other details were released. 

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Police believe the man be connected to other thefts.


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