An 18-year-old Carrollton man was arrested on Thursday after a tip was sent in by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Mason Dale Chappell was arrested by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for five counts of sexually explicit conduct of a minor.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) sent a cybertip report to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The cybertip reports were initially sent to NCMEC from Snapchat (a messaging application), as uploaded file information was identified by Snapchat as apparent child pornography.
A GBI special agent was able to track the photos to a residence in Carrollton. The sheriff’s office was assigned the case and allegedly found eight initial “files of interest” in child pornography.
According to officials at the sheriff’s office, Chappell gave investigators a statement during an interview. Officials said he did not know the victims and the photos were obtained over the internet.
Chappell’s bond had not been set as of Friday afternoon and he was still in custody of the Carroll County Jail.