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ROME, GA — A Bartow County man was sentenced last week to 22 years in prison a little more than two years after he was arrested on child sexual exploitation charges.

Christopher Alan Love of Euharlee pleaded guilty last week before United States District Court Judge Harold Murphy handed down the sentence.

Love also received 10 years of supervised release, Coosa Valley News Reports.

Love’s co-defendant, Erin Molly Rafferty, pleaded guilty in December 2016 and received an 18-year sentence in prison, the paper notes.

Bartow County Sheriff’s Office investigators in December 2015 arrested and charged Love with 13 counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of methamphetamine while Rafferty faced 13 counts of party to a crime of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of meth.

The investigation started when a sheriff’s detective was sent a tip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit regarding child pornography being downloaded by Love and Rafferty at a residence in Euharlee.

Within days of receiving the tip, Bartow sheriff’s investigators were contacted by a citizen alleging the same man and woman were in possession of child pornography.

Another tip came into the sheriff’s office on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, that stated a juvenile in the neighborhood was possibly in danger or would soon be in danger of ”being sexually exploited by the couple,” the sheriff’s office previously said said.

A search warrant was executed for the home on Milam Bridge Road by Bartow sheriff’s detectives and agents with U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The sheriff’s office said both Love and Rafferty allegedly admitted to downloading and watching child pornography together.

 

Christopher Alan Love, 42 of Euharlee, was sentenced to 22 years in a federal prison this week following his conviction of enticing a child to produce child pornography.

Love, who pleaded guilty, will also receive 10 years of supervised release.

He told Judge Harold Murphy “I’ll never be able to right a wrong” and that he takes “full responsibility”.

Love and a co-defendant,  Erin Rafferty, were arrested on the charge in December 2015 following a top from the GBI.

Rafferty pleaded guilty last December and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Police said that they found over 4,000 images related to child pornography during a search of the couple’s home.

Both Love and Rafferty are still facing 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, three counts of child molestation, one count of meth possession and one count of reckless conduct.

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A Bartow County couple, Christopher Love and Erin Rafferty, accused of sexual exploitation of children has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court

Love and Rafferty will be sentenced on December 16.

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According to Sheriff Clark Millsap, A Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Investigator was forwarded a tip from the GBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit concerning child pornography being downloaded by Christopher Love and Erin Rafferty in Euharlee, GA.

Within a couple 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, 12-21-2015 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, 276 Milam Bridge Rd Lot 21 was executed on Tuesday, 12-22-2015 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 Sexual Exploitation of a Child and 1 count possession of meth. Rafferty was charged with 13 counts Party to a Crime Sexual Exploitation of a child and 1 count of possession of meth.

 

EUHARLEE, GA — Two Bartow County residents have been arrested in connection to allegedly possessing child pornography.

Investigators with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office have charged 41-year-old Christopher Alan Love with 13 counts sexual exploitation of a child and one count possession of methamphetamine and Erin Molly Rafferty, 33, with 13 counts of party to a crime sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of meth, the agency said Wednesday.

The investigation started when a sheriff’s detective was sent a tip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit regarding child pornography allegedly being downloaded by Love and Rafferty at a residence in Euharlee.

Within days of receiving the tip, Bartow sheriff’s investigators were contacted by a citizen alleging the same man and woman were in possession of child pornography.

Another tip came into the office on Monday, Dec. 21 that stated a juvenile in the neighborhood was possibly in danger or would soon be in danger of ”being sexually exploited by the couple,” the sheriff’s office said.

A search warrant was executed Dec. 22 for the home on Milam Bridge Road by Bartow sheriff’s detectives and agents with U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The sheriff’s office said both Love and Rafferty allegedly admitted to downloading and watching child pornography together.

Both suspects were transported to the Bartow County Jail without incident. The investigation remains active, and anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 770-382-5050 ext. 6067.

 

 

 

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