A Dawson County man was arrested Tuesday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit as part of a child pornography investigation.
According to a press release from the GBI, John Leonard Maxfield, Jr., 41, was charged with nine counts of sexual exploitation of children. Two of those counts were for the distribution and seven of the counts were for the possession of child sexual abuse material.
The GBI began investigating Maxfield's online activity after receiving a report from the Hall County Sheriff's Office regarding the possible possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material. That investigation led to a search warrant of Maxfield's home and his arrest. The Dawson County Sheriff's Office aided in the execution of the search warrant.
Maxfield was taken to the Dawson County Jail following his arrest.
"This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, housed within the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, to identify those involved in the trade of child sexual abuse material," the release reads. "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 sexual abuse material, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims."
Anyone with information about other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the GBI at 404-270-8870, or at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline at CyberTipline.org.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-8477, online here, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.