Man charged with child sexual exploitation
A man in the Whitepath community was arrested last week on child sexual crimes, according to a jail media report.
John Adam Pregler, 66, of 111 River Ranch Road, was charged Friday by the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Office with five counts of sexual exploitation of children, also called computer child exploitation in an incident report. The incident occurred Dec. 20 last year at his home just after 9:30 p.m., the report states.
Detective Daniel Farnham received a cybertip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Feb. 18. Farnham said in the report he would open an investigation.
Pregler is being held without bond in the county jail, according to the media report.
A page on the GBI’s website spells out the workings of the ICAC:
“The mission of the ICAC Task Force program is to assist state and local law enforcement agencies in developing an effective response to cyberenticement, child pornography and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.
“Digital Forensic Investigators process all types of digital media, including computers, cellphones, tablets, etc., for electronic evidence to be used in support of criminal investigations. The unit provides digital forensic support to GBI offices and other law enforcement agencies in the area of digital forensics.”