Rabun County Man arrested for the sexual exploitation of children

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Rabun Gap, GA (June 18, 2020) – On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, Rabun County resident Aaron Andrews, 37, was charged with three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC). GBI was assisted with the arrest of Andrews and with the search of his residence by the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and the Clayton Police Department.

The search warrant and arrest warrant were related to an investigation being conducted by the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit. The investigation began as a result of files containing suspected child pornography that Andrews was sharing online.

Andrews is currently in custody at the Rabun County Jail.

This investigation is 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 child pornography trade. The ICAC Program, created by the U. S. Department of Justice, 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.

Anyone with information about other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870.

GBI Seeks Public’s Assistance in 2011 Toccoa Murder Investigation

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Toccoa, GA (March 5, 2020) – This month marks the nine year anniversary of the murder of
Robert Lee Simmons, Jr. The GBI is seeking the public’s assistance with any information about
Simmons’ last days and his murder. Simmons, 46, was found dead at his home at the Glendale
Apartments on Norman Drive on March 1, 2011 by a family member. The Toccoa Police
Department responded to the scene after receiving a 911 call. Simmons’ death was determined to
be a homicide.

This case has remained active for the past nine years and both the GBI and Toccoa Police
Department continue to work to solve this case. Recently, investigators have received new
promising leads in this investigation and are asking for help from those who knew Simmons.
Even the smallest detail may help police with this investigation.
Both law enforcement and Robert Simmons’ family and friends implore anyone with information
to contact the GBI or Toccoa Police Department. GBI Special Agent Shilo Crane is the case
agent and may be reached at 706-348-4866. Tips can also be made on the GBI Tipline at 800-
597-8477 or online submissions may be made on the GBI website: www.gbi.georgia.gov. The
Toccoa Police Department may be contacted at 706-282-3244.

Sheriff and GBI Arrest 13 on Drug and Racketeering Charges

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RABUN COUNTY, GA – The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office and the GBI – Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) have successfully conducted a lengthy, joint investigation which included violations of Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Burglary 1st Degree, Forgery 1st Degree, and Drug Trafficking. During the course of the investigation, investigators were able to identify multiple subjects involved in a crime organization where a large quantity of suspected methamphetamine, prescription narcotics, firearms, and stolen property were seized.

Upon completion of the criminal investigation, the following arrests were made.

Jody McCracken (31) of Clayton, Ga. – Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Burglary 1st Degree, Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Distribute.

Michael Frady (21) of Rabun Gap, Ga. – Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Trafficking Methamphetamine, Burglary 1st Degree, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and multiple traffic-related offenses.

Ashlyn Wilburn (22) of Clayton, Ga. -Trafficking of Methamphetamine, Burglary 1st Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.

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Tony Kellar (58) of Clayton, Ga. – Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon.

David Frady (44) of Clayton, Ga. – Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Forgery 1st Degree, Theft by Receiving, Party to a Crime, and Conspiracy to Commit Felony.

Rita Frady (44) of Clayton, Ga. – Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Theft by Receiving, and Conspiracy to Commit Felony.

Austin Groom (30) of Clayton, Ga. – Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Theft by Receiving (felony), Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Distribute, and Possession/Use of Drug Related Objects.

Peyton Alexes Hunnicutt (22) of Clayton, Ga. – Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, Theft by Receiving (felony), Possession of Schedule II with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule IV with Intent to Distribute, and Possession/Use of Drug Related Objects.

Steven Watts (28) of Clayton, Ga. – Burglary 1st Degree.

Terry Young (40) of Clayton, Ga. – Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Burglary 1st Degree, Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a Felony, and Conspiracy to Commit Felony.

Syndey Hamby (23) of Clayton, Ga. – Burglary 1st Degree.

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Elias “LES’ Lambert (35) of Alto, Ga. – Prohibited Activities under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO), Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm during the commission of a Felony, Possession/ Use of Drug Related Objects.

Michael Smiley (51) of Clayton, Ga. – Theft by Receiving Stolen Property

To report illegal narcotics, please contact the Rabun County Sheriff’s Office drug investigator at 706-960-9857 or the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office at 706-348-7410. You can remain anonymous while providing information.

Clayton man arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a child

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CLAYTON, GA –  On Oct. 3, Georgia Bureau Investigation (GBI) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested Jake Guffie, 33, on two counts under the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007.

Guffie allegedly tried to meet a 14-year old girl at the Walmart off of Hwy 441. He began conversing with the girl online. The charges brought against Guffie include 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force brought Gufffie in through an undercover, online investigation. Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, the GBI isn’t releasing any additional information at this time.

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Guffie faces two charges of alleged sexual exploitation of a minor under the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act.

More than 200 law enforcement officers, criminal justice agencies, and prosecutor offices work together in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing an effective response to cyber enticement and child pornography cases.

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