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Fayette County man arrested for sexual exploitation of children

A Fayette County man has been arrested on four counts of sexual exploitation of children for allegedly distributing child pornography, according to a press release from the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit arrested Jason Mitchell, 43, of Peachtree City, Georgia.

The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Mitchell’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children regarding the online possession and distribution of images depicting child sexual abuse material on a popular online platform.

This investigation led to a search warrant at Mitchell’s residence in Fayette County. 

Mitchell was booked into the Fayette County Jail upon his arrest. The Peachtree City Police Department assisted the GBI with the execution of the search warrant and the arrest of Mitchell.

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, per the press release.

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. The program represents over 4,500 federal, state, and local law enforcements.

Anyone with information about other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at (404) 270-8870.

Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.