An Ellabell man has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child for allegedly possessing child pornography.
The man, Brandon Fowler, 31, was arrested Wednesday and is in Bryan County Jail after deputies with the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at the residence following a tip from the National Center for the Exploitation of Children.
A press release from BCSO was issued Wednesday:
On Wednesday, August 4th, 2021, the Bryan County Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s (GBI) Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes (CEACC) Unit, arrested Brandon Fowler, 31, of Ellabell, Georgia.
Fowler was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession of Child Pornography).
The Bryan County Sheriff's Office ICAC Unit began an investigation into Fowler’s online activity after receiving a Cybertip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the online possession and distribution of images depicting child sexual abuse material on a popular online platform.
This investigation led to a search warrant at Fowler’s residence in Bryan County. Fowler was booked into the Bryan County Jail upon his arrest. The Bryan County Sheriff’s Office assisted the GBI with the execution of the search warrant and the arrest of Fowler.
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. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.