James Herndon, W/M, Flowery Branch, Ga., 58 years of age, pharmacist Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch stated the operation is a prime example of interagency planning and cooperation.
" I am proud that we were able to host the task force at our facility to carry it out,” Couch said.
“But not only was he an existing sex offender, but one from our community as well.” More than 60 of those were exchanges in which the subject initiated contact with someone they believed to be a minor and directed the conversation towards sex.
In some of those cases, the subject introduced obscene or lude content, often exposing the minor to pornography or requesting the child take nude or pornographic images for them.
"Moreover, I hope that these arrests send a loud and clear message: the exploitation of children will not be tolerated in Hall County.
We look forward to working with the ICAC task force whenever needed to stop these predators.
Hall County is a great community and we will work relentlessly to ensure that it remains a safe place for our children.” GBI Special Agent in Charge and Commander of the ICAC Task Force Debbie Garner remarked the Hall County Sheriff’s Office is one of their most active member agencies.
"We appreciate their daily efforts to combat child exploitation,” Garner said.
The goal of the operation was to arrest persons who communicate with children online and then travel to meet them to have sex, or to purchase sex.
“Jordan traveled from Newnan to Hall County for the purpose of meeting and having sex with a 14-year-old girl,” Fetner said.
“He responded to an ad on Craigslist, arrived in a borrowed car and brought condoms.” This marked Jordan’s third arrest on sex-related charges since 2003, when he was found guilty of statutory rape and was sentenced to serve three years in confinement and seven on probation along with registering as a sex offender. Just nine years later, Jordan was found guilty of failure to register as a sex offender and was given a similar sentence – three years to serve in confinement and seven on probation.
The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office was one of several law enforcement agencies that traveled to Gainesville to participate in the sting, and Lt.
Jason Fetner interviewed Jordan following his arrest.