by Robin Kemp

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation says a Clayton County man has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography.

According to a GBI press release, Timothy Darryl Battle, Jr., 32, of College Park was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of children (possession of child pornography) after an investigation by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit.

The law considers Battle innocent until and unless the charge is proved against him in a court of law.

A cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to CEACC investigating Battle’s online activity “regarding the possession of a large number of images and videos depicting child pornography.” Along with the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office, CEACC executed a search warrant at Battle’s Clayton County home and arrested him.

Magistrate Court Judge Keisha Wright Hill denied Battle bond this morning. He remains in the Clayton County Jail. His next scheduled court date is a June 7 preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m., followed by a June 11 bond hearing at 8:30 a.m.

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 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 pornography, 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 call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at (404) 270-8870 or (800) 597-TIPS (8477), visit https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or download the See Something, Send Something mobile app (See Send) on Google Play or the Apple Store.

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