Tuesday May 18th, 2021 10:32AM

Two North Georgia men plead guilty in child exploitation sting

By Kimberly Sizemore Anchor/Reporter

Two more men have now pled guilty in a child exploitation sting.

FBI and GBI investigators arrested nine men last July in a multi-agency collaboration called Operation End Game. Now Andrew Leo Schafer, 53, of Winder, and Frederick Lamar Smith, 28, of Royston, have both entered a guilty plea of using facilities to transmit information about a minor.

Schafer received three years and 10 months in prison, in addition to serving ten years on supervised release, undergoing computer and phone monitoring during that time, and he will have to register as a sex offender.  

Smith has not yet been sentenced, but could receive up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is scheduled for a June 3 sentencing date.

According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, during last summer’s sting, investigators seized 13 cellphones and had more than 200 exchanges with people on social media platforms over a three-day period.

Most of the men arrested believed they were speaking with minors, when they were really communicating with investigators. Often they were sending, or asking for, lewd or pornographic photos.

Last month a former Gwinnett County youth umpire, James Morris, Jr. pled guilty and was sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison.

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