Two Candler County men were arrested in nearby counties over the past week in connection with crimes against children.

William Griggs, 44, of Metter was arrested on child molestation charges in Laurens County, while  Chad Anthony Barrett, 26, of Metter was arrested on charges of child pornography in Emanuel County.

Griggs was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 24. According to a release from Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Griggs was posing as a 17-year-old male on Snapchat, username Clemson1889, and had made contact with a number of female juveniles.

“Throughout the investigation,” LCSO reported on their Facebook site at the time of Griggs’ arrest, “it has been discovered that this subject has had communications with several additional juvenile females within Laurens County. Many of the juvenile females have been identified or partially identified.”

Further details about the investigation have not been released, LCSO reported, “to protect the integrity of the case.”

On Monday, March 1, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit executed two search warrants related to a sexual exploitation of children investigation involving Barrett.

An investigation into Barrett’s internet activity by the GBI’s CEACC Unit began after a report was received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children related to the sexual exploitation of children by Barrett via the internet.

The investigation led to the execution of the search warrants at Barrett’s residence in Candler County and at his employer in Emanuel County.

As a result of the investigation, Barrett was arrested and charged with one count of distribution of child pornography.

The GBI was assisted in the investigation by Stillmore Police Department, Candler County Sheriff’s Office and Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office. Barrett was booked into Emanuel County Jail.

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