FBI Atlanta Announces Results of Operation Intentional Foul
|FBI Atlanta April 09, 2013|
ATLANTA—Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Mark F. Giuliano, in conjunction with Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner, announces the results of Operation Intentional Foul, a Violent Crimes Against Children initiative targeting child exploitation/child prostitution in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
On April 4, 2013 through April 8, 2013, the Atlanta Field Office FBI’s Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force (MATCH), along with the Atlanta Police Department, conducted operations to identify, locate, and recover child victims of sexual exploitation for profit, to include child prostitution, and identify, locate, prosecut,e and/or disrupt individuals and/or criminal enterprises responsible for their sexual exploitation.
This operation coincided with the hosting by Atlanta of the 2013 NCAA Final Four Basketball Championship, and the many other events that came with it, as an event in which increased child prostitution was probable and that the recovery of child victims would increase with law enforcement support.
As a result of those combined law enforcement operations, seven juveniles were recovered. The following adult individuals, all believed to be from the Atlanta area, were arrested on state sexual exploitation for pimping related charges:
- Brianne Marcelin, age 23
- Kourtes Laster-Johnson, age 18
- Lovell Barnett, age 18
A forth adult, Bryant Bailey, age 29, was arrested by Atlanta P.D. on state human trafficking related charges.
In addition, 17 adults were arrested on state charges related to prostitution.
The FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force (MATCH) operates to locate and recover juveniles sexually exploited through prostitution and to identify and arrest those who are exploiting the juveniles and is composed of the following law enforcement partners:
- Atlanta Police Department
- Gwinnett Police Department
- Fulton County Police Department
- Fulton County District Attorney’s Office
- Marietta Police Department
- Cobb County Police Department
- Georgia Bureau of Investigation
- Sandy Springs Police Department
Also supporting this operation was the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Out of Darkness, Georgia Baptist Center, and the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services.
The above are merely allegations, and the public should be reminded that all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.