ATLANTA – A Johns Creek man and an elementary school principal are among the 14 people arrested as a result of an undercover investigation coordinated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC) and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
The suspects were arrested over a four day period beginning Wednesday, Feb. 26, and charged with violating the Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
The purpose of “Operation Broken Heart” was to arrest people who communicate with children online and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex. The sting was centered in DeKalb County. Online child predators visit chat rooms and websites on the internet, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange a meeting with the children for the purpose for having sex. The online investigation was a coordinated effort among all the law enforcement agencies to combat this activity.
The arrestees, ranging in age from 21 to 64, traveled from all parts of northern Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex.
Their occupations varied widely, including the principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Douglas County, identified as John Harold McGill, 56, of Villa Rica. He has since been suspended from his position pending the outcome of a trial. The GBI reports he allegedly responded to a Craigslist ad from a supposed teenage girl’s mother. The ad was placed by investigators.
Also caught in the investigation was Choon Hong David Tan, 52, of Johns Creek.
Law enforcement agencies from throughout the state – including Alpharetta Department of Public Safety – took part in the operation.
The Georgia ICAC Task Force made 236 arrests in 2013 and has made over 1,000 arrests since its inception in 2002.