Special Agent in Charge Charge Debbie Garner
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Leigh Brooks
Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brian Johnston
Forensic Computer Specialist Supervisor Beth Messick
3121 Panthersville Road
Decatur, GA 30034
404-270-8870 - phone
404-270-8864 - fax
The Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is housed within the Child Exploitation And Computer Crimes Unit (CEACCU). The mission of the ICAC Task Force program is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing an effective response to cyber enticement, child pornography cases and child sex trafficking. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education. The CEACCU consists of special agents and forensic computer specialists. The forensic computer specialists are able to process all types of digital media and computers for electronic evidence to be used to support criminal investigations. The unit provides forensic computer specialist support to GBI offices and other law enforcement agencies in the area of computer forensics. The special agents conduct pro-active and reactive investigations involving crimes against children and attempt to locate and rescue juvenile victims that are being forced to work as prostitutes in the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The unit also has several special agents that conduct network investigations to include all types of computer intrusions.
The Georgia ICAC Task Force is one of a group of 59 regional task forces spread throughout the United States and funded by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The Georgia ICAC Task Force began operations in April 2003, and has been in continuous operation since that time. In 2008, the Georgia ICAC Task Force made 109 arrests and in 2009 made 164 arrests. In 2010, the Task Force made 162 arrests. There have been 650 arrests in Georgia by the ICAC Task Force since it was established.
The Georgia ICAC Task Force is comprised of members from the GBI and over seventy affiliated law enforcement agencies in the State of Georgia. The ICAC Program 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. By helping state and local law enforcement agencies develop effective and sustainable responses to online child victimization and child pornography, the ICAC program delivers national resources at the local level.
The ICAC Task Force Program was created by the Department of Justice to help state and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative response to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children. The program also provides community education in the area of Internet Safety. Any church, school, or civic group can request an age appropriate Internet Safety presentation by completing the form at http://www.gaicac.us/Community_Request.htm.
The CybertipLine is a national reporting mechanism for cases of child sexual exploitation including child pornography, online enticement of children for sex acts, molestation of children outside the family, sex tourism of children, child victims of prostitution, and unsolicited obscene material sent to a child. Reports may be made 24-hours per day, 7 days per week online at www.cybertipline.com or by calling 1-800-843-5678.