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Decatur man arrested on child pornography charges, second arrest this year

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Decatur man arrested on child pornography charges, second arrest this year

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A Decatur man has been arrested on child pornography charges after GBI agents and Decatur Police raided his residence on Wednesday.

Craig Hale Allen, who lives in the 200 block of Jefferson Place in Decatur, was charged with five counts of computer pornography, according to jail records. He has since bonded out.

“A months-long child pornography investigation has led to the arrest of a Decatur, GA man,” GBI said in a press release. “On Wednesday, August 30, 2017, agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes unit, along with the DeKalb County Police Department and Decatur Police Department, executed a search warrant at Craig Hale Allen’s residence located at Jefferson Place in Decatur. During the search, law enforcement found images of child pornography on Allen’s computer.”

Decatur Police assisted GBI in this case, Lt. Jennifer Ross said.

GBI said, “This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by Georgia’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force , housed within the GBI’s CEACC 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 any other cases of child exploitation are encouraged to contact the GBI CEACC Unit at 404-270-8870.”

This is the second arrest of a Decatur man this year on child pornography charges. In July, agents arrested Douglas Solomon. According to the District Attorney’s Office, that case remains open and under investigation pending indictment.