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Zachary Moore / Contributed photo

A 20-year-old man from Dalton, Georgia, was arrested on charges related to child pornography, aggravated sodomy, drug possession and other crimes this week.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested Zachary Moore on Tuesday, as investigators said they found evidence of his involvement in child pornography and the online sexual exploitation of children.

The Dalton Police Department assisted in the case. Moore is being charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, creating child pornography, child molestation, aggravated sodomy, possession of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.

Agents and digital forensic investigators with the GBI's Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at Moore's residence in Dalton in response to a tip received from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The investigation was part of GBI's Internet Crimes Against Children task force — created by the U.S. Department of Justice — and 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," GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said in a press release.

Anyone with information about the case or any other cases of child exploitation is asked to contact the GBI at 404-270-8870.

Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

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