Griffin man arrested on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child

Patrick Finnegan

Booking photo courtesy of the Spalding County Jail

STAFF REPORT :::

A Spalding County man has been arrested on multiple counts of sexual exploitation of children. The three felony charges are related to the alleged possession of child pornography.

Patrick Finnegan, age 23, of Griffin, was on Wednesday, July 8, arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit with the assistance of the Griffin Police Department.

Finnegan’s arrest is related to an investigation conducted by the CEACC and began as a result of a report received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) pertaining to the uploading of numerous images depicting child pornography to a social media site.

Finnegan is currently being held in the Spalding County Jail.
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 this case or other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404.270.8870.

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