Moultrie Observer

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April 6, 2012

Man charged with 7 counts of child porn

MOULTRIE — An Ellenton man faces charges related to internet porn after a search of his residence that the Colquitt County Sheriff’s Office said yielded video and photos of children being sexually exploited.

Everett Clayton, who is a registered sex offender in Georgia, was arrested Thursday at his 151 Still Road residence after officers searched his residence and allegedly found the equipment and girls ages 5 and 8 there, sheriff’s investigator Shawn Bostick said.

The girls, who are not related to Everett, have been placed with the Georgia Division of Family and Childrens Services office pending the conclusion of the investigation, Bostick said.

In 2002, Clayton was sentenced in a Cobb County case in which he had been accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl, Bostick said.

Clayton served about one year and four months of a two-year sentence on a child molestation conviction, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections web site.

He also was charged in that case with solicitation of sodomy and aggravated sexual battery, Bostick said.

“That’s two things that’s troubling, the presence of the two children and his being a registered sex offender,” he said. “The investigation is still going on as to why the children were there and any events that may have gone on with the children that were criminal in nature.”

On Thursday officers seized a laptop computer and other computer equipment from Clayton’s residence. Working with the sheriff’s office on the case were the Southern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

So far, Clayton, 47, has been charged with seven counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

“We’ve been able to retrieve multiple files,” Bostick said. “The total amount of (material) is something he can be indicted on after the investigation.”

Clayton also could face federal charges, he said. The immigration officials were involved because policing internet child pornography falls under its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security.

Bostick said that Clayton was under no parole or probation requirements that would have prevented him from being in the presence of minors. He also seemed to be current on his sexual registry requirements, having registered on March 27 in Colquitt County for his current address.

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