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« on: April 28, 2009, 06:50:07 PM »

Former cop arrested on child porn charges

A former Rockmart cop is in the Bartow County Jail on child pornography charges.

James Dustin Barnette, 38, 51 Highland Drive, Cartersville, was arrested Thursday after an investigation by a Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) task force, according to John Whitaker, special agent in charge of the High Tech Investigations Unit.

Barnette is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children, Whitaker said.

“That is related to three pieces of confirmed child pornographer seen on his computer where we know who the victim is,” he said.

Whitaker said there could be many more charges coming.

“There was quite a bit of child pornography on his computer so that will be up the to DA’s office if they want to take out more charges than we’ve already taken,” Whitaker said.

Barnette had also been a police officer in Euharlee, Emerson, White and at Hays State Prison. He was working for Avenger Pest Management when he was arrested.

Whitaker said the investigation by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began with a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

He said all internet service providers are required by federal law to report incidents of child pornography, predator emails and other similar items to the national center. The center then sends out weekly reports to law enforcement agencies all around the country.

This cyber tip came in one of those reports, Whitaker said.

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