The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Wednesday that it had arrested a Clayton County man Monday, April 25 for possession of child pornography.

According to a press release, the GBI arrested Kortney Lee Parrish, 37, of Jonesboro, on four counts of sexual exploitation of children (possession of child sexual abuse material).

The GBI said its Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit opened an investigation after getting a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). The GBI, Clayton County Police Department, and Clayton County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Squad executed a search warrant at Parrish’s home, where they searched and seized “digital devices” allegedly containing child sexual abuse material.

Parrish is being held without bond in the Clayton County Jail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 11 at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom before Clayton County Magistrate Judge Sonyja George. Parrish is presumed innocent of all charges until and unless he is convicted in a court of law.

The GBI says the investigation is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force’s ongoing effort to identify people involved in the child pornography business. This U.S. Department of Justice program, housed in the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, “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,” the GBI said.

Anyone with information about other child exploitation cases is asked to call the GBI Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870.

You also can submit tips by phone at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or through the free See Something, Send Something mobile app.

If you are a minor experiencing sexual contact with an adult friend, relative, teacher, minister, coach, youth leader, or stranger, call 911 when you are in a safe place.

Robin Kemp

Robin Kemp is executive editor and CEO of The Clayton Crescent, which she founded in 2020. She has worked for Gambit, CNN, The Weather Channel, Clayton News, Henry Herald, and numerous freelance outlets....

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