By Carol A. Gasser Moore
LOWNDES COUNTY, Georgia – A Brooks County school nurse and teacher were among three people arrested and charged with child sex crimes.
The Lanier County News recently learned that in an unrelated February 20th investigation, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) was examining a cell phone download. During their evaluation, the LCSO staff noticed images and videos containing illegal child sexual abuse material.
The LCSO staff immediate worked to identify the child sex crimes’ victims. The victims were identified and contacted. From GPS coordinates of the cell phone, the LCSO investigators found similar material, along with user information as well as other attached data.
Three Lowndes and Brooks County people (one man from Lowndes County and two women from Brooks County) were served arrest warrants on March 3. The arrest warrants were for violations of a state ordinance on sexual exploitation of children.
The two Brooks County women were identified as employed by the Brooks County Board of Education. One was a school nurse and the other a paraprofessional teacher. As the Lanier County News goes to press, it has learned that the two Brooks County women have bonded out of the Lowndes County jail by posting bond. The male, who has been also charged with the crime, is reported as being held without bond, according to Lowndes County jail records.
While the Lanier County News has contacted the Brooks County school system, no Brooks County School system personnel has responded to its inquiry.
The Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office has stated that the investigation is ongoing. The Department of Homeland Security, the United States Secret Service, the Brooks County Board of Education Police Department and the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation.
Anyone with information about cases of child exploitation are asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division — Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office at 229-671-2900. Citizens may also report information via the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTip line which can be found on-line at CyberTipline.org/.