Ga. children among those uncovered in exploitation probe - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Ga. children among those uncovered in exploitation probe

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

Some Georgia children have been rescued in an international hunt for child predators in what agents call one of the largest child sex operations ever uncovered.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday that more than 200 adults have been arrested in an international investigation of child pornography.

Federal law enforcement officers worked with local sheriffs' and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after one trail led to the Savannah area.

"Danish police ran across a video of young children being  -- exploitation material and they notify Interpol. Interpol notifies our crime center in Washington D.C. They then look at the images and see they are coming out of the state of Georgia," said ICE special agent Brock Nicholson.

In all, the five-week child predator probe dubbed "Operation Sunflower" nabbed 245 suspects.

Authorities uncovered 123 victims, including five from Georgia.

Nicholson described one especially brutal incident from which the operation name was coined a year ago.

"This was about an 11-year-old girl who was about to be live raped on the internet, so authorities sent out the information and noticed that one of the images had a sign and there was a sunflower on it, which is indicative of the state of Kansas. It was then forwarded to our Kansas City office," said Nicholson.

Authorities were successful in tracking down the 11-year-old Kansas girl.

"The biggest similarity is almost all of these involved people of trust that the child knew, whether it be in the home or those out of the home. You know, teachers and law enforcement and coaches," Nicholson said.

Nicholson says child stranger childhood abductions do occur, they are rare. Some of the victims were as young as 2, he said.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Use of force 'not justified' in officer shooting of Bartow teen

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:20:30 GMT
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
    A Bartow County Grand Jury has stated that the use of deadly force in the February shooting of a teen was 'not justified'. Christopher Roupe, 17, was fatally shot by Euharlee officer who claimed the teen answered the door with a gun.
  • Man back in jail on rape charges after previous peeping tom arrest

    Man back in jail on rape charges after previous peeping tom arrest

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:28:00 GMT
    Cobb Police say a young Kennesaw man, who was arrested earlier this month on trespassing and felony peeping tom charges, sexually forced himself on a young woman last week.
    Cobb Police say a young Kennesaw man, who was arrested earlier this month on trespassing and felony peeping tom charges, sexually forced himself on a young woman last week.
  • Henry Co. teenager working on cancer cure

    Henry Co. teenager working on cancer cure

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:43 AM EDT2014-04-23 10:43:26 GMT
    A Henry County teenager is working on a cure for cancer.
    A Henry County teenager is working on a cure for cancer.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices