Air Force officer indicted after Cobb child exploitation sting

A lieutenant colonel inside the U.S. Air Force and member of the Georgia Air National Guard was indicted Thursday after being arrested in Marietta all through an FBI intercourse sting in December.

Lt. Col. Willie Newson was indicted on one rely of violating the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act, Cobb County courtroom info current.

He is accused of trying to meet a 14-year-old on a courting app, nevertheless the teenager was actually an undercover officer for the FBI’s Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force, beforehand reported.

Newson was positioned on go away pending the tip results of the investigation, Georgia Department of Defense spokeswoman Desiree Bamba acknowledged beforehand. He was moreover on the command staff of Maj. Gen. Jesse T. Simmons Jr., who’s the commander of the Georgia Air National Guard.

Newson beforehand commanded the 165th Communication Flight of the 165th Airlift Wing.

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He was arrested on the Radisson at 1775 Parkway Place in Marietta on Dec. 1. An arrest warrant obtained by Channel 2 Action News acknowledged the undercover officer “gave Newson the opportunity to stop communicating several times.”

Newson beforehand bailed himself out for $20,000. The Georgia National Guard has a base in Marietta that was marked as Newson’s cope with in Cobb County’s jail info. has reached out to the U.S. Air Force for an exchange on Newson’s go away.

Correction: An earlier mannequin of this story referred to the suspect as a high-ranking Air Force officer. Lieutenant colonel is a mid-rank officer.

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