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Georgia Air Guard officer arrested in child sex sting

Lt. Col. Willie Newson, 47, of GA Air National Guard arrested in child sex sting.

The FBI busted a child sex sting that involved a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force and a member of the Georgia Air National Guard.

Willie Newsom, 47, was placed on leave after he was arrested on Tuesday night at a hotel in Marietta, Georgia. Newsom is facing child exploitation charges for trying to meet a 14-year-old girl on a dating app, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The “teen girl” ended up being an undercover officer with the FBI Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force. An arrest warrant obtained by WSB-TV stated that the undercover officer “gave Newson the opportunity to stop communicating several times.”

Newson was one of eight people arrested at the Marrietta hotel within three hours. Local police said the other seven suspects taken into custody were pimps or prostitutes.

A Georgia Department of Defense spokeswoman Desiree Bamba said they’re aware of the situation involving Newsom but said local authorities should answer all questions regarding the incident.

Newson posted a $20,000 bail, according to jail records.

“Lieutenant Colonel Newson’s alleged actions do not reflect the values we uphold in the Georgia National Guard,” said Desiree Bamba of the Georgia Department of Defense.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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