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Man wanted in Conyers, Newton County on child porn charges booked into jail

COVINGTON — A man who had been on the run in Florida after being suspected of alleged child pornography in Conyers and the molestation of a 5-year-old child in Newton County has been booked in the Newton County jail.

Donald Mac Brown, 37, who provided the Newton County Sheriff’s Office with the address of 1924 Oak Hill Road in Covington, was booked in Monday on multiple charges of two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, two counts of child molestation, solicitation of sodomy, sexual exploitation of a child, criminal attempt to commit a felony, and theft by taking.

Brown was first arrested in 2012 on charges of sexual exploitation of children after pornographic images of children were found on his cell phone. The home where Brown was living at the time was searched in November 2012 as part of an investigation into Internet child pornography by officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

Investigators learned that he had sent text messages to a teenage resident who also lived in the house soliciting sex for $300.

Brown was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of solicitation of sodomy and taken to the Rockdale County Jail, where he was released three days later on bond.

“As the investigation continued to unfold, the victim (in Conyers) tipped off investigators to another victim in Newton County,” said Conyers Police Department Officer Kim Lucas.

As a result of those allegations, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office opened its own investigation and took out warrants for Brown and another man, David Wesley Crawford, who was 57 at the time. The two then fled, leading the Sheriff’s Office and the CPD to join with the U.S. Marshal’s Southeastern Regional Fugitive Task Force in searching for the two men.

About a month later, Brown and Crawford were arrested in Alachua, Fla., after Brown allegedly carjacked a woman there. When he was arrested, he was found with three firearms in his possession. Crawford reportedly called 911 and attempted to turn himself in.

At the time, Georgia authorities stated they did not plan to seek immediate extradition and Brown faced Florida charges of armed burglary, kidnapping, aggravated battery and resisting arrest. He was transported this week from the jail in Florida, according to the NCSO.