On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, Newton County resident, Carlos Porter, age 21, was charged with the Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material) in violation of O.C.G.A 16-12-100(b)(8) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit. The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Porter’s online activity after receiving a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the upload of suspected child pornography by Porter using a popular social media application. A search of Porter’s home and electronic devices produced evidence which led to the arrest of Porter on December 8, 2020. Porter was taken into custody and booked into the Newton County Jail.
This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, housed within the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, to identify those involved in the child pornography trade. The ICAC Program, created by the U. S. Department of Justice, was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.