White County man arrested for the sexual exploitation of children

CLEVELAND — On Tuesday, Sept. 1,  White County resident Billy Rider, 44, was charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children (possession of child pornography) by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC).

An investigation into Rider’s internet activity by the GBI’s CEACC Unit began after a report was received from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) related to the online sharing of child pornography by Rider via the internet. This investigation led to a search warrant of Rider’s residence in White County and subsequently Rider’s arrest.

The GBI was assisted in the search warrant of Rider’s home by the GBI’s Cleveland Field Office, the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, and the Cleveland Police Department.

Rider was booked in to the White County Jail.

This investigation is part of the ongoing effort by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, housed within the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, to identify those involved in the child pornography trade. The ICAC Program, created by the U.S. Department of Justice, was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography, and the heightened online activity by predators searching for unsupervised contact with underage victims.

Anyone with information about other cases of child exploitation is asked to call the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870.