Author: Trena Howell

Georgia Man Sentenced for Attempted Overseas Transport of Child Pornography

Nathaniel Barber has been sentenced to prison for trying to leave the country with a cell phone and a tablet containing more than 100 files of child pornography. Barber belonged to an online group that shared videos and photographs of child pornography.

“Every video and image of child pornography is a crime scene depicting the sexual abuse of a child,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “This case reaffirms our office’s determination to leverage our federal, state, and local law enforcement partnerships to prosecute individuals who revictimize exploited children by downloading and viewing these horrific images.”

“Stopping predators from spreading this filth, that victimizes innocent children every time it is shared, is one of the most important actions we do,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger, who oversees Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) operations in Georgia and Alabama. “Luckily, he was not able to complete his trip and others engaged in this depravity should be on the lookout because we won’t stop searching for them.”

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Erskine, the charges and other information presented in court: in January 2020, special agents with Homeland Security Investigations received a tip that Nathaniel Barber might be traveling outside the country to commit sex crimes against minors. The agents learned that he had purchased a plane ticket to the Philippines and was departing from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on January 28, 2020. Agents approached Barber at the boarding gate and questioned him about his trip.

Barber denied that he was traveling to the Philippines to engage in sex with anyone under the age of 18 years. But he admitted that he possessed child pornography on a tablet and cell phone. A forensic search of the items revealed that Barber had joined an online group where members posted and shared child pornography. Barber had downloaded seven videos and 133 images of child pornography, with many of the materials depicting girls under 10 years old being sexually abused.

Nathaniel Barber, 40, of Canton, Georgia, was sentenced to five years in prison to be followed by ten years of supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment in the amount of $5,100.  Barber was convicted of attempted international transport of child pornography on November 17, 2020, after he pleaded guilty.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul R. Jones prosecuted the case.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Calhoun Police Seeking Public’s Help

Calhoun Police Detectives are currently investigating reports of counterfeit or forged checks that have been passed at local businesses.

The person in the photo, Barry Len Williams, is a person of interest.

If anyone has information as to Williams current location or how to get in touch with him, contact Lt. David Nelson, Criminal Investigation Division at (706) 602-5774. Thank you.

Calhoun Police Searching for Person in Counterfeit Check Scheme

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Traffic Stop Leads To Arrest of 21 Year Old On Numerous Drug / Gun Charges

A traffic  stop for a headlight violation led to the arrest of 21 year-old Chance Henre Tumlin, of Cave Spring, on numerous drug and gun charges.

Reports said that after being pulled over on Lyons Bridge Road officers found marijuana that was packaged for resale, schedule IV drugs and two firearms. Authorities added that one of the firearms had been reported stolen.

Tumlin is charged with possession of a schedule IV drug, possession of a schedule IV drug with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, distribution of marijuana, theft by receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, drugs not in original container, possession of drug related objects and probation violation.

Headlight Violation Lands Man in Jail on Felony Drug and Gun Charges

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Inmates Assault Another Inmate at Floyd Jail

Several inmates at the Floyd County Jail are facing new charges after they allegedly assaulted another inmate with a toothbrush. Reports stated that Toby Keith Johnson, 25 of Rome, and Scotty Joel Venable,38 of Rome, held a man down and inserted a toothbrush into his anus without his consent.

Several other inmates were also charged with being a party to the crime; Michael John Helterbrand,26 of Rome, Adam Masters,34 of Rome, Steven Maxwell Gilbert, 38 of Rome, Joshua Michael Pointer, of Rome, and Griffin Thomas Henson. 21 of Rome.

Authorities went on to say that the act was done as a gang type attack.

Venable is charged with aggravated sexual battery and participation in gang activity.

Johnson is charged with aggravated sexual battery.

Helterbrand, Masters, Gilbert, Pointer and Henson are charged with party to a crime of sexual battery.

CVN

Adkins Arrested in Walker County

A 21 year old was pulled over on a traffic stop by LaFayette Police on Probasco Street, Sunday.
The driver didn’t have a license on his person… and the temporary tag on the vehicle showed no insurance coverage.  Two juveniles in the vehicle were released at the scene.
Ryan Nicholas Adkins had an outstanding arrest warrant from Walker County on a charge of robbery… and was taken to jail.  He was also charged with speeding and other traffic violations.

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Alabama Man Shows Off Drugs and Guns on Social Media; Arrested

Most of us use social media to keep in touch with family and friends, to complain about things or just to share funny memes. However, one local man used his to advertise his bad choices and landed himself in jail.
On Sunday, February 21st, Agents with the DeKalb County Narcotics Unit received tips about a video on SnapChat of an individual flashing marijuana, guns and money. Agents quickly responded and a search warrant was obtained. DeKalb County Narcotics agents, along with DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputies and Sylvania Police Officers conducted the search resulting in the arrest of Cody Lance McIntosh (22 of Sylvania). McIntosh was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance. Due to a juvenile being in the home, DHR was called and a safety plan was put into place. Agents confiscated over a pound of marijuana, an undisclosed amount of US currency, THC wax and a pistol.
DeKalb County Sherrif Nick Welden said of the incident: “We want to thank the public for their willingness to come forward and expose this illegal activity. Our DTF, Deputies and Sylvania PD done a phenomenal job quickly following leads and tips provided to make a quick arrest. Guns and drugs have no good outcome for anyone and will be fought hard every day in DeKalb County”

Lady Indians & Lady Bulldogs Advance in Playoffs

Both the Lady Indians and the Lady Bulldogs will advance to the next round of the state basketball playoffs after big wins last night.

The Lady Indians took on Pace Academy at the Tribe Pride Arena last night. They triumphed over Pace 62-29. The Lady Indians will take on the winner of Union Co. vs Callaway next. This game date and time have not been announced yet.

The Lady Bulldogs hosted Wilkinson County at home as well last night. The Lady Dogs bested Wilkinson 62-21. They will take on Lake Oconee Academy on the road. The exact date and time has not been announced yet.

The Indians finished up their season last night with a loss to Columbia at home.

SKY 21 congratulates and wishes good luck to both Girls Varsity teams as they continue on the road to the State Championship.