Last week, we announced the arrest of two suspects in connection to sexual exploitation of a child. The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office has just released new details.
According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, a BCSO investigator was forwarded a tip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit concerning child pornography being downloaded by Christopher Love and Erin Rafferty in Euharlee.
Within a couple of days of receiving the GBI tip, Bartow County Criminal Investigators were also contacted by a citizen in the county concerning the possession of Child Pornography by the same people.
On Monday, December 21st, another tip came in that there was possibly a juvenile in the neighborhood that was or would soon be in danger of being sexually exploited by the couple. A search warrant for their house at 276 Milam Bridge Rd Lot 21 was executed on Tuesday, December 22nd at approximately 4:20 p.m. by Bartow County Investigators and an agent with Homeland Security.
Love and Rafferty both admitted to downloading and watching child pornography together. They were arrested and transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident. Both Love and Rafferty are currently being held in the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Jail without a bond.
Love was charged with 13 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and one count of possession of meth. Rafferty was charged with 13 counts of Party to a Crime of Sexual Exploitation of a child and one count of possession of meth.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office at 770-382-5050 extension 6067.
Erin Rafferty and Christopher Love