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Statewide child porn crackdown targets 98 people

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Todd Allen Manley (Source: CCSO) Todd Allen Manley (Source: CCSO)
Bryantt Phillip Allen (Source: CCSO) Bryantt Phillip Allen (Source: CCSO)
Corey Thimlar (Source: CCSO) Corey Thimlar (Source: CCSO)
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A multi-agency operation shaped up to be the largest major internet child pornography sting operation in the state of Georgia.

Ninety-eight suspects were identified as distributing child porn online and were targeted for search warrants in Wednesday's operation, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The three-month investigation ran from January to March, which was called Operation Guarding Innocence was coordinated by the GBI and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Sources told WTOC that Douglas Burkhalter, the former commander of special operations for the Chatham County Police Dept. before retiring in 2007, was also arrested Wednesday by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.

Burkerhalter is charged with computer child exploitation.

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested five men on charges of sexual exploitation of a child. Investigators said they confiscated several computers, laptops, cell phones and gaming systems that had images and videos of children 11 years old or younger involved in sexual activity.

"[We] still have several more that we are looking at that may be search warrants in near future," said Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie. "This was part of this big group today."

Deputies conducted search warrants at these locations: Ash Street Extension in Springfield;100 block of Neva Avenue in Savannah; 200 block of E. State Street in Savannah; 2000 block of Shirley Drive, Savannah, and the 900 block of Abercorn Street in Savannah.

Joshua Conner, 26, of Savannah; Dale Andrew Davis, 21, of Savannah; Soufi Mahmoud, 25, of Savannah; William Oldfield, 34, of Springfield; and Jose Gomez, 27, of Savannah; were charged with sexual exploitation of a child. They're being held at the Effingham County Jail. 

ECSO seized 10 desk top computers, three laptops, a tablet device, six cell phones and five gaming consoles.

In Camden County, three arrests were made as part of the operation.

At about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Camden County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at a residence on Nature's Bounty Trail in St. Mary's. After finding what was believed to be child pornography on his computer, Corey Scott Thimlar, 20, was arrested, according to the CCSO.

St. Mary's police served a search warrant at a location on Miller Street in St. Mary's. Investigators found what they believed to be child pornography on a computer belonging to 47-year-old Todd Allen Manley, according to the CCSO. He was later arrested.

Another search warrant was served on Redwood Street in Kingsland by Kingsland police. Bryantt Phillip Allen, 24, was arrested after what was believed to be child pornography was found on his computer, according to the CCSO. The Redwood Street location was immediately condemned by city officials due to the squalor and unsafe living conditions.

The three men remain in custody on charges of possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.

Operation Guarding Innocence involved 50 teams representing 47 federal, state and local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies in the statewide operation.

The agencies participating in Operation Guarding Innocence are as follows:

1. Georgia Bureau Of Investigation

2. U.S. Postal Inspection Service

3. U.S. Secret Service

4. Homeland Security Investigations

5. Federal Bureau Of Investigation

6. U.S. Marshal Service

7. Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives

8. United States Attorney's Office Northern District Of Georgia

9. United States Attorney's Office Southern District Of Georgia

10. United States Attorney's Office Middle District Of Georgia

11. Houston County Sheriff's Office

12. Gwinnett County Police Department

13. Atlanta Police Department

14. Cobb County Police Department

15. Newton County Sheriff's Office

16. DeKalb County Police Department

17. Henry County Police Department

18. Walton County Sheriff's Office

19. Paulding County Sheriff's Office

20. Kingsland Police Department

21. Sandy Springs Police Department

22. Liberty County Sheriff's Office

23. Clayton County Police Department

24. Douglas County Sheriff's Office

25. Richmond County Sheriff's Office

26. Columbia County Sheriff's Office

27. St. Mary's Police Department

28. Camden County Sheriff's Office

29. Loganville Police Department

30. Lowndes County Sheriff's Office

31. Effingham County Sheriff's Office

32. Army CID

33. Athens-Clarke Police Department

34. Coweta County Sheriff's Office

35. Union City Police Department

36. Baldwin County Sheriff's Office

37. Savannah - Metro Police Department

38. Roswell Police Department

39. Watkinsville Police Department

40. Powder Springs Police Department

41. Lamar County Sheriff's Office

42. Warner Robins Police Department

43. Columbus Police Department

44. Bartow County Sheriff's Office

45. Marietta Police Department

46. Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

47. Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

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