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Authorities in Ga. arrest 18 in child porn raids

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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say 18 people have been arrested in a series of raids as part of an effort to target child pornography.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a news release Wednesday that the coordinated raids were part of a three-month probe, called Operation MasqueRAID, that involved federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Law enforcement officers looking for evidence of the distribution of child pornography online executed 44 warrants in 31 counties Wednesday. In addition to the 18 arrests, authorities seized nearly 600 digital devices.

The GBI says the raids targeted the most prolific offenders of child pornography laws, and more arrests are expected.

The raids were coordinated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit and the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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