Two Roswell men were among the 31 Georgians arrested in the multi-state child exploitation operation, GBI reports.
Terry Menard, 61, and Michael David Quinn, 44, were arrested in the southeast operation, which targeted those who possess and distribute child pornography as well as those accused of exploiting children on the internet, according to the GBI.
A total of 82 people were arrested across the southeast and 17 children were rescued as a result of the operation, know as Operation Southern Impact III. The planning for Operation Southern Impact III began approximately four months ago and culminated in three days of investigative actions.
Those arrested ranged from a small business owner, daycare administrator, youth group leader, former high school band director, freelance photographer, construction worker and painter.
Of the 31 Georgians arrested, seven were apprehended after allegedly meeting with minors for sex. Four of the Georgians were also already registered sex offenders.
"During the operation, 134 search warrants were executed and 215 knock-and-talks were conducted in those eight states," a news release stated. "During those search warrants and knock-and-talks, 861 digital devices were previewed and 1,613 digital devices were seized. Of those devices seized, 203 were mobile phones.”
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.
Alpharetta, Cobb, Dekalb and Roswell Police Departments were all involved with the operation.
Special Agent in Charge of the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and Commander of the Georgia ICAC Task Force, Debbie Garner, stated, “the dedicated law enforcement professionals that are part of the Georgia ICAC Task Force will not cease searching for those who are producing, trading and collecting this graphic material. We will continue to work together to find, investigate and prosecute these predators.”