6 in NC arrested during 8-state roundup targeting child porn

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RALEIGH (AP/WNCN) – Two Cary men and a man in Nash County were among arrests in a roundup that targeted child pornography suspects resulting in 82 arrests in North Carolina and seven other Southeastern states, officials said.

North Carolina SBI officials said Friday the roundup, named Southern Impact III, took place over three days and included search warrant executions, undercover operations, arrests and sex offender compliance

In North Carolina, six people were arrested on charges related to sexual exploitation of minors, the North Carolina SBI said in a news release.

North Carolina officers executed nine search warrants and conducted 38 “knock and talks” over the three days, the news release said. 

Those arrested in North Carolina and the agencies involved include:

David Kimball, Cary Police Department, charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

Paul Sullivan, Cary Police Department, charged with sexual exploitation of a minor.

Christopher John Authement, arrested in Nash County by SBI, charged with second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

Joshua Hall, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, charged with indecent liberties with a minor.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that 31 of the arrests occurred in Georgia. Most of them involved charges of possessing or distributing child pornography. 

The GBI said some were charged after making plans to have sex with people the suspects met online and believed were minors, but were actually law enforcement officers.

About 170 agencies also took part in the crackdown that also included in Alabama, Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

The North Carolina SBI said Operation Southern Impact III was planned for four months and the arrests came after three days of undercover operations, executing search warrants and other actions.

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