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NCSO: Man arrested on child porn charges

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office has arrested a 65-year-old Mansfield grandfather on child pornography charges, according to Investigator Sharron Stewart.

Wesley Lloyd Britton of 318 Loyd Road, Mansfield, was arrested Friday and charged with sexual exploitation of children and computer pornography, Stewart said.

The arrest followed a cyber-tip from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation which had developed information linking Britton to Internet child pornography. Stewart said the NCSO followed up on the information provided and executed a search warrant at Britton's home.

"We confiscated numerous computers which were taken into evidence," she said, adding that they found "numerous pictures" of prepubescent females, who she estimated to be between 8 and 11 years old. "Mr. Britton also had several Web sites in which he portrayed himself as a 17-year-old female. One of his sites had pictures of child erotica and child pornography."

Stewart said evidence was found that Britton had transmitted the pornographic photos to other individuals. In the case of the Web sites where he allegedly posed as a female teen, she said he had contacted both men and women from those sites.

Stewart said the investigation is continuing and the identity or the whereabouts of the children in the photos is unknown.

She asks that anyone with further information on this case call her at 678-625-1406.

Tips can also be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.