Clarkston man arrested, accused of possessing child abuse images

Michael Jones. Booking photo obtained via the DeKalb Sheriff's Office.

Clarkston, GA — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday announced the arrest of Clarkston resident Michael Jones.

Jones is accused of possessing child abuse images.

Jones, 63, lives in Clarkston and was arrested on Sept. 27, charged with seven counts of sexual exploitation of children by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit.

“The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Jones’ online activity after receiving numerous cybertip reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possible online possession of child sexual abuse material,” a press release from the GBI says. “This investigation led to a search warrant of Jones’ home and his subsequent arrest. The GBI CEACC unit was aided in their investigation by the Clarkston Police Department and the United States Secret Service.”

Jones was still in the DeKalb County jail as of Sept. 29.

“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,” the press release from GBI says. “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 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.”

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