ALBANY, Ga. — On Tuesday, 22-year-old Georgia Tech student was sitting in the Dougherty County Jail awaiting prosecution on multiple counts of obscene Internet contact with a child, a jail spokeswoman said.
Atlanta Police arrested Adam Morse at his residence Friday on warrants including contacting and furnishing obscene material to a minor, said Dougherty County Police Department Detective Sergeant Chad Kirkpatrick.
The arrest resulted from county police efforts as part of the Internet Crimes against Children organization with the GBI and other law enforcement agencies to combat those who prey on children.
No bail has been set for Morse and there is a hold on him for Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies. The deputies also have warrants on him for Internet chatting with someone who he thought was an underage girl, Kirkpatrick said.
“On Jan. 29, our investigation began,” Kirkpatrick said. “He (Morse) contacted us believing he was chatting with a 13-year-old female. He started a conversation talking about explicit sexual acts. He also exposed himself on his webcam.”
As the investigation went on, Morse sent images of adult oral pornography to a person who he thought was a 13-year-old girl, Kirkpatrick said. He sent the images while he masturbated in front of his webcam, Kirkpatrick added.
Kirkpatrick said he and fellow officers had to file subpoenas to obtain emails and other information to find Morse’s address. Then Atlanta police executed a search warrant, arrested Morse and confiscated three computers.
An examination of the computers contents could lead to more charges from Atlanta levied against Morse by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Investigations like this take training, time and effort to get possible predators off the streets. If the Dougherty County Commission cuts 16 positions from the police, as it is considering in its 2013 budget, programs such as the Internet Crimes against Children effort could be cut, said County Police Chief Don Cheek.
“I think it has to impact our ability to investigate,” Cheek said. “We could lose officers with the specific training needed for these investigations.”