Alleged child sex, exploitation cases from July now released

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has agreed to release the following cases through the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office that GCSO reports were initially worked by the GBI.

James Douglas Cantrell, 52, using a post office address in Cohutta, was charged with child molestation on July 19. Cpl. Dan King of the sheriff’s office met Officer Brady Dover with the Ellijay Police Department at a downtown business to take a report from a woman who said her 8-year-old daughter was molested.

The mother told officers her daughter had been “touched” inappropriately by a man related to her boyfriend, who is the father of the girl, the report states. Cantrell got permission to take the girl to a convenience store located behind the mother’s home after the mother allowed Cantrell to come over.

The mother became worried that it took so long for them to get back to the store, then when they arrived from the store, the mother became “somewhat uncomfortable with Cantrell since he was looking at her funny and acted like he didn’t want to leave.” When Cantrell offered to babysit the children while she was out running errands, the mother declined the offer, according to the report.

Later that day, the daughter became upset and started crying and “disclosed that Cantrell had taken her to (the store) and put his hands (in an inappropriate place) and began rubbing her.”

The girl then stated, “Cantrell gave her 50 cents and took her back home,” King wrote in the report.

Cantrell was still in the county jail Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman.


‘Cybertip’ leads to arrest

In an unrelated case, David Gerard Benway, 35, of 2061 Raven Cliff Road in Talking Rock, was charged with computer child exploitation on July 7.

Lt. Dustin Dover of the sheriff’s office reported receiving a “cybertip” from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on June 1. The cybertip came from an online service provider that hosts user-created chat rooms.The provider had located “possible child pornography” on its server.

The report states the “image in question” was uploaded by a user in the chat room with Benway’s IP (internet provider) address on Feb. 18. The “incident date” on the sheriff’s office report goes from Dec. 24 last year to July 7.

“The GBI had already subpoenaed the (phone company) for their records, which showed the IP address was assigned to the residence located at 2061 Raven Hill Road at the time of the upload,” Dover said in the report.

Benway bonded out of the county jail July 14 on a bond of $15,000, according to a spokeswoman. Rich Bahan, public affairs deputy director with the GBI, said in an email the agency’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit assisted the sheriff’s office in the investigation.


CyberTipline detects online child pornography traffic

The CyberTipline provides the public and electronic service providers (ESPs) with the ability to report online (and via toll-free telephone) instances of online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child, misleading domain names and misleading words or digital images on the internet.

The National Council for Missing and Exploited Children continuously reviews CyberTipline reports to ensure that reports of children who may be in imminent danger get first priority. After NCMEC’s review is completed, all information in a CyberTipline report is made available to law enforcement.



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