Child pornographer receives 30 years
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Joshua James Geer, 22, of Rome, who pleaded guilty in May to charges of child pornography production, coercion of minors to engage in unlawful sex acts and possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Thursday.

The case, part of Project Safe Childhood, is a nationwide initiative begun in 2006 by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

According to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, Geer befriended N.B., a 17-year-old Illinois boy in February 2013, through online chats, then coerced him to photograph N.B. and his 11-year-old sister engaged in graphic sex acts. Geer threatened to expose the boy if he refused, so N.B. transmitted the images to Geer using an iPod.

Several months later, Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriff’s Office Detective Jennifer Zinge received a complaint from V.O., a 16-year-old girl who told Zinge that she began chatting on line with a person who initially identified himself as a girl using the online profile “TNT.”

During their online exchanges, Geer sent a photograph to V.O. of a child who appeared to be about 4 years old and was nude above her waist. V.O. attempted to end her online chat, but when she tried to terminate contact, Geer sent a text message to her claiming she was in possession of child pornography and if she did not comply with his demands, he would report her to the police. V.O. capitulated, sending nude photographs to Geer depicting her pubic area and various lascivious poses.

Investigators said Geer contacted V.O.using the same telephone number he used to contact the boy in Illinois.

On June 20, 2013, FBI agents searched Geer’s home in Cartersville and seized an iPhone containing more than 300 child pornography images, including graphic images depicting infants. Agents also discovered more instances of Geer coercing minors to produce child pornography, which he distributed to others online.

“Having this disturbing child predator off of our streets is not only a tremendous victory for those investigators and prosecutors working this matter, but for the victims involved and for those who would have become victims had Mr. Geer been allowed to continue with his cyber-based criminal exploitation of minors,” said J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office. “The FBI will continue to provide significant investigative resources toward the investigation and apprehension of individuals such as Mr. Geer who choose to exploit and prey on children.”

Freezer stolen from driveway

Moving day is never much fun, but when thieves absconded with a Pine Log woman’s deep freezer, the day went from bad to worse. Deputies were dispatched to Cass-Pine Log Road Wednesday to investigate a reported theft.

The victim said she was in the process of moving when she received a telephone call from her neighbor saying someone was stealing her freezer, which was sitting in the driveway to be moved. The neighbor said a Chevrolet Blazer had pulled into the driveway the night before and a balding white male and a white female with a blonde ponytail were looking at the freezer. The neighbor told them it belonged to the homeowner and they left.

The next morning, the neighbor watched as the same vehicle drove past the residence several times, backed into the driveway and loaded the freezer, then sped away. The neighbor attempted to follow them in his truck but soon lost contact. The victim said the freezer was worth about $260.