Meriwether Co. court official among those arrested on child porn charges


SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Two people, including a Magistrate County official, have been arrested in Meriwether County on charges related to child pornography.

Meriwether County Magistrate Court Deputy Clerk Carol Washington, age 49, was arrested Aug. 12 on one count of sexual exploitation of children (possession of child pornography) and one count of violating her oath of office.

Also arrested Aug. 12 was Trinity Thomas Davidson, age 38, who was charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a child (possession of child pornography).

Washington and Davidson charged by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit.

Both investigations were initiated after the CEACC received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The information on Washington regarded the possible upload and possession of child pornography by a popular social media application.

The information on Davidson regarded the possible upload of child pornography to a popular online platform.

The separate investigations resulted in the execution of search warrants at the suspects’ respective residences and their subsequent arrests. The Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office assisted the GBI in the searches of the suspects residences.

Washington and Davidson were booked into the Meriwether 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 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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