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Toombs County Sheriff’s Office Targets On-line Child Predators and Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

April 4--  Sheriff Alvie Kight advises that a proactive undercover investigation coordinated by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office lead to the arrest of 30-year-old Justin Tyler Wyant of Erwin, North Carolina Tuesday.  The one day operation targeted on-line child predators and those who traffic children in the sex industry, to include those that are willing to pay to have sex with a child.  Wyant was arrested and charged with Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes.  This was a proactive effort centered in Toombs County, GA.  Wyant was located in a local motel in Vidalia for working purposes when the arrest was made.

The purpose of this investigation was to arrest those that are willing to exploit children by purchasing or soliciting sex with a minor, and the recruitment of victims of child sex trafficking. The investigation specifically targeted persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex.  On-line child predators visit chat rooms and websites on the internet, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange a meeting with the children for the purpose of having sex.  The children these predators target are both boys and girls. 

The Toombs County Sheriff’s Office participates and assists the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The Georgia ICAC Task Force is comprised of 200+ local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, other related criminal justice agencies and prosecutor’s offices.  The mission of the ICAC Task Force, created by the U. S. Department of Justice and managed and operated by the GBI in Georgia, is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.

 The ICAC Program 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. By helping state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective and sustainable responses to online child victimization and child pornography, the ICAC program delivers national resources at the local level.