CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – After several months of planning, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit joined forces with more than a dozen different law enforcement agencies to launch “Operation Riptide”.
The goal was to arrest predators communicating with children online, with the intention of traveling to meet them for sex, and also targeted those looking to purchase sex with a minor.
The five day effort was centered in Glynn County Georgia, and those arrested traveled from as far as North Florida to Minnesota, with occupations including a pharmacy student, a member of the U.S. Navy, and an EMT Fireman.
18 people were arrested and charged with computer or electronic pornography and child exploitation. Several them also admitted to engaging in similar online activity in the past.
Last year alone, the Georgia Task Force made 244 arrests, and since it was started back in 2002, has put more than 1,600 predators behind bars.