Three men from Tallapoosa County have been arrested as part of Operation Southern Impact III, an eight-state, four-month investigation that culminated in three days of actions to include search warrant executions, undercover operations, arrests and sex offender compliance verifaction.
Thursday in Tallapoosa County, the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Alabama’s Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force (ICAC), and the Jacksons Gap and Camp Hill police departments took part.
Officers arrested Jamie Ryan Haggerty, 41, of Whirlwind Road in Jacksons Gap. Haggerty was arrested and charged with possession/distribution of child pornography. He was released from the Tallapoosa County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
Authorities also arrested Jaric Reyde Johnson, 18, of Ephesus Road in Alexander City and charged him with electronic solicitation of a child. He was released on $10,000 bond.
They also arrested John Mark Stough, 51, of County Road 34 in Dadeville. He was arrested and charged with second-degree possession of marijuana. Stough was released on $2,000 bond.
A total of 24 pieces of evidence was seized for examination. As these items are being examined, additional charges are expected to include the possibility of identifying additional victims. The Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department is an active member of the Alabama Internet Crimes against Children’s Task Force.
The investigation is continuing with additional charges being filed.
Operation Southern Impact is a multi-state, multi-agency operation and netted over 82 arrests in the last few days.