Federal grand jury indicts Cartersville man for child porn
by Jessica Loeding
Jul 16, 2013 | 4734 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 20-year-old Cartersville man was arrested June 21 on child pornography charges after federal authorities became involved.

Joshua James Geer was indicted by federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia Rome Division on June 25, according to court documents. He is charged with sexual exploitation of children, coercion or enticement of female and two counts of activities re material constituting or containing child pornography.

Geer entered a plea of not guilty on June 27 before Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson and was remanded into the custody of U.S. Marshals, documents showed.

According to the indictment, the alleged incidents took place in October 2011, and April and June of this year.

In an application and affidavit for a search warrant in April, however, a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent asked for a warrant for a residence on Westwood Drive and a 2007 Ford Focus believed to belong to Geer.

The agent said in the documents that an investigation revealed an individual, later determined to be Geer, at the Cartersville address “induced or coerced minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography, and who has possessed, received, and/or distributed child pornography.”

According to the background on the investigation, the Springfield (Ill.) Division of the FBI in February received information that a 17-year-old used an iPod Touch to take pictures of himself and his 11-year-old sister engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The application goes on to state that the mobile device was used to send the photos to an individual in Cartersville.

The special agent states in the application that the FBI interviewed the 17-year-old who said he began communicating with a person he knew as “JJ” about Feb. 18 through an application for mobile devices. The teenager said JJ convinced him to send explicit photos of the teen’s sister initially, and once that was done, JJ coerced him into sending more after threatening to expose the teen, court documents state. According to the documents, the teen followed JJ’s instructions, sending texts and photos back and forth.

Agents seized the iPod Touch and the 17-year-old consented to a search of the device, the document states. Analysts were able to retrieve images and messages that corroborated the teenager’s story.

On Feb. 28, law enforcement officers began communicating with “JJ” through the mobile app, the documents state. In the exchange, JJ provided a cellphone number, which was used in a text message exchange with authorities. During the exchange, the individual identified as JJ threatens to disseminate or sell the photos provided by the teenager.

According to the documents, a search of public source databases and AT&T phone records returned to the Cartersville address and a listed association with Geer.

Through subsequent search warrants and precision location technology, agents were able to positively identify Geer as the user of the phone and operator of the vehicle, court documents state.

The applied-for search warrant was returned executed on April 11, records show.

Geer was arrested by federal authorities June 21 in Summerville at the Ingles supermarket where he was employed, according to reports.