Coweta man guilty of child porn possession

by Wes Mayer

alt

Colbert

A Coweta County man arrested last April during “Operation Guarding Innocence” pleaded guilty Friday to numerous charges of sexual exploitation of children.

Donald Matthew Colbert, 26, was indicted on 21 counts of sexual exploitation of children – possession of child pornography. On Friday, he pleaded guilty to all charges, and, according to Coweta Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Kevin McMurry, counts 10 through 18 were dismissed in a plea deal.

After Colbert pleaded guilty in Coweta County Superior Court to the remaining 12 counts, Judge Dennis Blackmon sentenced him to 40 years in prison with 12 to serve.

Colbert surrendered to authorities last April following the three-month statewide investigation headed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force – “Operation Guarding Innocence.” During the operation, which took place from January to March 2013, authorities made 47 arrests on 87 counts related to possession of child pornography, seized more than 200 hard drives, smartphones, thumb drives and other digital devices, and completed 78 searches throughout Georgia, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is one of the 47 agencies that participated in the 2013 operation. Since the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was formed in 2002, there have been 974 arrests in Georgia.



More Local

Coco's Cupboard

Partnership works to find service dogs for veterans

Dog trainers Suzanne Aaron and Tara Cotton saw many clients who had dogs they just couldn’t handle. They would help the owners find do ... Read More


250 students affected

Homelessness ‘vicious cycle that’s going to continue’

The economy has bounced back from the lows of a few years ago. The housing market is healthy, and the jobless rate has improved. But, for so ... Read More


Annual Sunrise on the Square Road Race a success

The annual Sunrise on the Square included ideal weather and a first-time winner who actually pushed his baby in a stroller. The race, hosted ... Read More


HealthSouth facility scheduled to open Dec. 2

Progress for HealthSouth’s new facility is on track for a Dec. 2 opening, which will add to the town’s growing collection of hea ... Read More


Subsidized medical center proposed for Senoia

Palmetto Health Council is applying for a grant to bring a subsidized medical clinic to Coweta, proposed for the Senoia area. The non-profit ... Read More

Economic Impact

Ports hit new record

The Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 3 million 20-foot equivalent container units in fiscal year 2014 – and set a new record fo ... Read More