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Cybertip leads to child pornography arrest


  • By Clay Neely
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  • Aug. 23, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Cybertip leads to child pornography arrest

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Michael Wayne St. John Sr.

A 64-year-old Newnan man is now on bond following his arrest on child pornography charges.

Michael Wayne St. John Sr., 64, is charged with two felony counts of sexual exploitation of children following an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

St. John became a suspect as a result of a cyber tip received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to GBI agent Debbie Garner who commands Georgia’s ICAC task force.

Investigators served a search warrant at St. John's home in the 5000 block of N. Highway 29 on Thursday, according to the GBI.

Authorities allegedly found child pornography on St. John’s computer, and he was taken into custody for trading the images, according to Garner. His computer was seized and further analysis will be conducted.

St. John was released from the Coweta County Jail on Saturday after posting a $27,900 bond, records show.

Georgia’s task force is managed by the GBI, which receives an average of 500 child-exploitation cybertips a month, Garner said. ICAC then reaches out to local jurisdictions — the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office in this case — which assist with investigations.

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Clay Neely: clay@newnan.com, @clayneely