The suspects allegedly traveled around North Georgia intending to meet a child for sexual purposes.
Those arrested were charged with human trafficking for labor sexual servitude, and/or under the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007, investigators said.
During the arrests, which began last Thursday and continued through Sunday, multiple suspects were allegedly found in possession of illegal drugs. One had a gun, the GBI said. Twenty-four cellphones were seized.
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A dozen law enforcement agencies worked together on the operation.
“Such activity confirms what investigators uncover conducting these types of investigations: that many predators specifically seek out minors on such websites to groom them as potential victims for sexual contact,” the GBI said.
According to the GBI, the suspects arrested were: Randall Ball, 25, of Acworth; Bailey Brown, 20, of Jasper; Richard Brown, 53, of Trion; Steven Byers, 33, of Jasper; Bryan Cain, 36, of Calhoun; Shawn Jeffrey, 26, of Powder Springs; Clarence Mann, 59, of Kingston; Rick Paul, 25, of Dallas; Isaac Sanchez, 20, of Summerville; Thomas Smith, 43, of Rome; Conner Thrash, 28, of Woodstock; and Michael Turner, 37, of Villa Rica.
The following suspects were all from Cartersville: Jeffrey Coleman, 52; Michael Crider, 51; Daniel Dorough, 56; Daniel Ewart, 38; Venale Mascall, 25; Charlie Smith III, 45; Timothy Smith, 57; and Michael Wills, 34.
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Sutton Tennyson, 37, was shot and killed inside a garage shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday, Atlanta police said.