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April 17, 2013

Local man charged in child porn case

THOMASVILLE — A federal task force and local lawmen executed a search warrant at a Thomas County residence during predawn hours Wednesday, seized computer equipment and arrested the occupant.

Officers charged Mathew Charles Cooper, 26, 308 Hayden Way, with sexual exploitation of children. The suspect is employed at a Thomasville business.

Later Wednesday, Cooper was charged with child molestation.

The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was contacted Monday by David Miller, district attorney for the Southern Judicial Circuit and a member of the Albany-based Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

Cooper is believed to have been entering, downloading and sharing child pornography via the Internet, said L. Tim Watkins, sheriff’s office chief investigator.

See Thursday's edition for more details.

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