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Clerk Arrested in Child Exploitation Operation, Fired from Jackson County Sheriff's Office

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A Jackson County woman arrested in a multi-state child exploitation sting is being fired from her job as a clerk at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. 56-year old Carol Chellew, along with her husband Doug, were among the 82 people arrested in eight states during Operation Southern Impact III.

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Douglas Chellew

According to a media release from Sheriff Janis Mangum’s office, Jefferson Police Chief Joseph Wirthman informed the sheriff that his department, along with the GBI were conducting a search warrant at the Chellew residence on April 30th

He later informed Sheriff Mangum that Carol and Doug Chellew were being arrested for Sexual Exploitation of Children.

After being notified of the arrests, the Sheriff started termination proceedings. Chellew bonded out of the Jackson County Jail on Thursday May 2, 2019 for 15 counts of Possession or Control Any Material Depicting Minors in Sexually Explicit Conduct. Carol Chellew had been employed with the office since January 2018.

Arrests were made in eight states, with 31 arrested in Georgia. A total of 171 law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies participated in the operation. During these searches, illegal drugs and firearms were found as well.

Those arrested ranged in age from 20 to 70. Some of their occupations included: small business owner, daycare administrator, youth group leader and former high school band director.

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