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ECSO awaits extradition of child porn suspect

POSTED: June 17, 2013 8:53 p.m.
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Edward Holmes

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A man wanted by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office for possessing and distributing child pornography was arrested early Friday morning in Montgomery County, Va.


Edward Holmes, 52, of Savannah is awaiting extradition to Effingham County to face a charge of sexual exploitation of a child. The case remains under investigation and Holmes may face more charges, said Effingham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.


According to the ECSO’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Holmes was committing the crime while living at the Quail Run Lodge, an extended stay hotel off Dean Forest Road in Chatham County. The task force investigates crimes against children across several counties.


Investigators discovered that someone had been using the hotel’s IP address for several weeks to download and share images of child pornography, and they determined that the computer being used was in Holmes’ room.


The task force searched the room Wednesday and found “several explicit images and videos of child pornography with children under 10 years of age” on Holmes’ laptop computer, Ehsanipoor said. “We have enough evidence to charge him with sexual exploitation of children.”


Holmes did not return to the hotel and investigators believed he was on the run. He is from Virginia and drives a car with Virginia license plates.


“Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies began tracking Holmes and received information around 1 a.m. (Friday) he was in a Walmart parking lot in Montgomery County, Va.,” Ehsanipoor said.


ECSO deputies contacted Montgomery County deputies, who located Holmes and took him into custody.


Holmes had been living in the Savannah area for about three months while working as a manager of a funeral home, according to Ehsanipoor.

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