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30 people charged with sexually exploiting children in Georgia and Alabama

Child sexual abuse statistics in the United States

One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
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One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18 years old, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Two days of serving search warrants led to the arrests of 30 people in an investigation targeting the sexual exploitation of children over the internet.

The GBI reported that multiple law enforcement organizations began tracking alleged offenders in Georgia and Alabama about three months ago.

Operation Southern Impact served 54 search warrants in the two states as officers searched for evidence of possession and distribution of child pornagraphy.

During the investigating, 162 digital devices were examined and 731 digital media and devices were seized as evidence, according to a GBI release.

Those arrested range in age from 22 to 73 and come from a variety of occupations, including students, a small business owner, mechanic and military cybersecurity personnel.

The task force is made up of more than 210 agencies and made 244 arrests last year.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that a Warner Robins man was charged and arrested in Operation Southern Impact. That information was based on a GBI news release. The GBI sent an email later saying that information was incorrect. The GBI also revised the number of people arrested. It now says that number is 30.

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