TALLAPOOSA COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Three people have been arrested in Tallapoosa County as part of an eight-state, four-month operation called Operation Southern Impact III, according to the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said his department joined several other agencies on Thursday to take part in the operation, which culminated in the arrests of Jamie Ryan Haggerty, 41, of Jacksons Gap; Jaric Reyde Johnson, 18, of Alexander City; and John Mark Stough, 51, of Dadeville.
Haggerty is charged with possession/distribution of child pornography. He was released from the county jail on a $30,000 bond.
Johnson is charged with electronic solicitation of a child. He was released from the county jail on a $10,000 bond.
Stough is charged with second-degree marijuana possession. He was released from the county jail on a $2,000 bond.
Joining the sheriff’s office in the operation were members of the State ICAC (Internet Crimes against Children’s Task Force), Jacksons Gap Police Department and Camp Hill Police Department.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are expected, Abbett said.
Operation Southern Impact III has taken place in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia and has resulted in more than 80 arrests.