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North Augusta man arrested on child pornography charges

Aaron Jacob Heffner, 38, of North Augusta, has been charged with one count of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, a felony offense punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment.
2 plead guilty in sex trafficking of minor

Two people accused of prostituting a teenage girl pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of conspiracy to engage in the sex trafficking of a minor.
Grovetown man found guilty of federal child porn charges

A federal jury has returned a guilty verdict against Morgan Chase Woods, 25, of Grovetown, on numerous child pornography charges.
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New York teen missing after spring break trip

COLUMBIA --- The mother of a 17-year-old New York girl who disappeared after a weekend trip to Myrtle Beach said Thursday that it's getting harder to keep up hope that her daughter will be found unharmed.
Children can get caught by Web, authorities warn

When Denise Bates' 14-year-old daughter leaves school, the threat of bullies still lingers in the confines of her home.
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Messages' frequency declining since 2006

ATLANTA --- The number of Amber Alerts issued in Georgia has dropped over the past three years, mirroring a nationwide trend.
Child prostitution busts nab pimps

WASHINGTON --- Hundreds of people have been arrested and 21 children rescued in what the FBI is calling a five-day roundup of networks of pimps who force children into prostitution.
Good deeds

- Kilpatrick Stockton has received the 2008 National Law Journal Pro Bono Award for its work to create a comprehensive training manual for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that is used to represent families in international child abduction cases. During the past five years, the firm has provided representation to 26 families to help return abducted children to their homes. Kilpatrick Stockton lawyers have provided more than 5,500 hours of pro bono work valued at $1.5 million and have spent about $130,000 to $150,000 in out-of-pocket expenses.
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Across the area

Authorities are still searching for a teenager who went missing during a bus ride from Albany, Ga., to his home in Augusta.
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Area professionals often help out by working for free

Highly trained professionals such as lawyers, doctors and accountants are among the highest paid workers in the labor force, but they also have a generous side. They provide untold billions of dollars worth of free services each year to nonprofit organizations and needy people.
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