Dozens Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

child-porn-computerDozens of people from Alabama and Georgia have been arrested on child exploitation charges including one person from the river region.

The arrests come after a joint operation between authorities in Alabama and Georgia. In all, 31 people were taken into custody, including 11 in Alabama.

The following is the official press release from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency:

‘Operation Southern Impact’ Targets

Those Who Exploit Children by Using the Internet


Montgomery, AL – A total of 31 people were arrested during a mutually coordinated operation between Georgia and Alabama law enforcement agencies. Operation Southern Impact targeted persons who sexually exploit children by using the Internet.  In Alabama, 11 people have been arrested during Operation Southern Impact.  Those arrested in Alabama were charged with crimes surrounding the sexual exploitation of children.  Additional charges may be forthcoming and other arrests may occur after analysis of seized digital devices.


The joint, proactive investigation was coordinated by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (GA ICAC TF) and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (AL ICAC TF) and focused on those who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using the internet.  The planning for Operation Southern Impact began approximately 3 months ago and culminated in 2 days of search warrant executions and arrests in Georgia and Alabama.


The Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force wanted to reinforce to those who exploit children that the ICAC Task Forces will work together to make an impact in their respective states and the region as a whole.  The cooperation among agencies and among states illustrates their level of commitment to detect, arrest, and prosecute child predators. Cooperation is always important in law enforcement, but it is never more important than when we set out to protect children. Operation Southern Impact has given us an opportunity to share our experience, information, and resources across units, agencies, and state lines, to make sure that there is no safe place to hide for criminals who would victimize the most vulnerable among us.


A total of 54 search warrants were executed in Georgia and Alabama. Law enforcement officers conducting the searches were looking for evidence of possession and distribution of child pornography using the internet as well as evidence of other child exploitation related crimes.  Over the course of the operation, 162 digital devices were examined and 731digital devices were seized as evidence.

In Alabama, the operation was a coordinated effort between the following federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies:



Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

Arab Police Department

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office

Bessemer Police Department

Brewton Police Department

Clanton Police Department

Cullman County Sheriff’s Office

Daphne Police Department

Decatur Police Department

Enterprise Police Department

Eufaula Police Department

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Gardendale Police Department

Guntersville Police Department

Homeland Security Investigations

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force

Leeds Police Department

Madison County Sheriff’s Office

Marshall County District Attorney’s Office

Marshall County Sheriff’s Office

Millbrook Police Department

Mobile County Sheriff’s Office

Morgan County Sheriff’s Office

Northport Police Department

Opp Police Department

Pelham Police Department

Prattville Police Department

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office

Tuskegee Police Department

Walker County Sheriff’s Office

Wetumpka Police Department

United States Secret Service

University of Alabama Police Department

Those taken into custody and charged in Alabama as part of Operation Southern Impact are:


  1. Mitchell Rainwater, 53, of Arab, for Possession of Child Pornography
  2. Randall Hughes, 23, of Athens, for Possession of Child Pornography
  3. Dennis Hudson, Jr., 26, of Center Point, for Possession of Child Pornography
  4. James W. Peterson, 32, of Mississippi, for Federal Charges of Enticement of a Minor
  5. Andrew Scott Blocker, 33, of Deatsville, for Possession of Child Pornography
  6. Anthony Edward Goodner, 61, of Hartselle, for Possession of Child Pornography
  7. Christopher Allen Adams, 38, of Loxley, for Possession of Child Pornography
  8. Joesph Ganjei, 22, of Wetumpka, for Possession of Child Pornography
  9. Jonathan Sheldon, 36, of New Hope, for Possession of Child Pornography
  10. Hope Akron, of Enterprise, for Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree
  11. Bobby Warren, of Enterprise, for Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree


The Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force strives to protect children from sexual exploitation and arrest those that prey on our state’s most vulnerable victims.

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