Bainbridge, GA

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Bainbridge is a city of about 14,000 residents and is the county seat of Decatur County, Georgia. Sex trafficking of both adults and children has occurred locally. At least one web-based reverse sting has occurred in the city. In March 2023, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) conducted an undercover online investigation targeting child predators over a three-day period. Four men were arrested during the investigation, called “Operation Threat Level Midnight,” after engaging in sexually explicit communication with children on the internet, arranging to engage in sex acts, and then traveling from areas around south Georgia to Bainbridge with the intent to meet a child for sexual abuse. The GBI said the operation also targeted those who were willing to exploit children by purchasing access to sexually abuse them. The investigation was coordinated by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC), United States Attorney’s Office, and Decatur County Sheriff’s Office. The four men arrested had their identities revealed to the press.

Key Partners

  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI)
    • Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit (CEACC)
  • Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force
  • United States Attorney’s Office
  • Decatur County Sheriff’s Office
State Georgia
Type City
Population 14292
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