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County has child porn raid

ALBANY -- As part of a statewide investigation of child pornography, computers, hard drives and other evidence was seized Tuesday at an

Albany apartment, said Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek.

The raid was at an apartment in the Greenbriar complex, which sits adjacent to Beattie Road across from Deerfield-Windsor School's lower campus, Cheek said.

"The GBI is the lead on this, and they have taken the computers and other evidence for forensic testing," Cheek said. "Two men live there and there were no arrests."

The arrests could come if child porn has been downloaded, stored or altered on the computers, Cheek said. That is why the computers must go through the forensic testing.

"Under Georgia law, the viewing of child porn is not illegal," Cheek said. "It has to be downloaded, stored or altered. The porn is passed on from peer to peer."

The men's work computers will also be examined, Cheek said.

"The men are employed as contractors at the Marine (Corps Logistics Base-Albany) and NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is involved," Cheek said. "They are not in the military."

The operation is the culmination of a three-month investigation coordinated by the GBI in cooperation with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the GBI Web site gbi.georgia.gov stated.

In all, 88 search warrants were executed in 34 counties in connection with the distribution of child porn on the Internet, Cheek said. At least 40 people were arrested and about 300 computers seized.