Anyone with information on these or similar cases are asked to contact the GBI
Athens, GA (July 19, 2023) – On Tuesday, July 11, 2023, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit arrested and charged Taylor Harding Gibson, 31, of Clarke County, Georgia, with six counts of sexual exploitation of children.
According to a press release from the GBI, “in May 2023, the GBI CEACC Unit initiated a proactive investigation in reference to the distribution of child sexual abuse material to other individuals via an online peer to peer file sharing program. This investigation led to a search of Gibson’s home and his subsequent arrest. The GBI CEACC unit was aided in the execution of this search and arrest by the Athens-Clarke County Police Department and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations.”
Gibson was taken to the Clarke County Jail upon his arrest.
On the same day, the CEACC Unit arrested and charged Salvador Martinez, 28, of Oconee County, with six counts of sexual exploitation of children.
“The GBI CEACC Unit began an investigation into Martinez’s online activity after receiving a Cyber Tipline Report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the possible online possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material. This investigation led to a search warrant of Martinez’s home and his subsequent arrest. The GBI CEACC unit was aided in the execution of this search warrant by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations,” the GBI noted.
Martinez was taken to the Oconee County Jail upon his arrest.
Both these investigations are 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 trade of child sexual abuse material. The ICAC Program, was developed and created by the U.S. Department of Justice in response to “the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child sexual abuse material, 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 Unit at 404-270-8870 or report via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline at CyberTipline.org.
Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online athttps://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.