Cherokee County Man Arrested for Child Sexual Exploitation – WSB-TV Channel 2


CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga – A Cherokee County man was arrested Friday for multiple crimes related to sexual exploitation, police said.

Joseph Ruben William Wade Thomas, 29, of Cherokee County, after the GBI investigated Thomas’ online activity, following a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children regarding his exploitation of children online and allegations of child sexual abuse.

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Thomas was charged with one count of sexual exploitation of children, two counts of aggravated pedophilia and two counts of sodomy.

His investigation led to a search warrant for Thomas’ home and his subsequent criminal charges. The GBI was assisted by the Township Police Department and the Cobb County Police Department.

Thomas is currently being held in the Cobb County Jail on separate charges from Cobb County.

Channel 2 Action News asked for Thomas’ photo but did not receive it Tuesday evening.


This investigation is part of ongoing efforts by the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, housed within the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit, to identify those involved in the trade in child pornography. The ICAC program, created by the United States Department of Justice, was developed in response to the growing number of children and adolescents using the Internet, the proliferation of child pornography material and increased online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with underage victims. .

Anyone with information about other cases of child exploitation should contact the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit at 404-270-8870. Tips can also be submitted by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send mobile app Something.

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