Palmer Joseph Hill, 25, of Watkinsville, was charged with felony sexual exploitation of children last Thursday. 

A representative of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that because it is an ongoing investigation, details of the case could not be disclosed at this time but that the charges relate to the possession of child pornography.

She said Hill’s arrest was not related to last month’s “Operation End Game,” an Athens-based undercover investigation coordinated by the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children in which nine people were arrested after traveling with the intent to meet a child for sex. Since 2014, the Georgia ICAC Task Force has arrested over 130 people in similar operations.  

Hill graduated from Oconee County High School in 2012. According to his Linkedin profile, he attended the University of North Georgia but “took time out of school to explore other areas of interests.”  His employment history includes a groundsman, arborist and warehouse worker in which he manufactured office cubicles. 

Those affected by crimes against children are encouraged to call The Cottage Sexual Assault Center & Children’s Advocacy Center. It has a 24/7 crisis hotline at (706) 353-1912, and more information can be found online at northgeorgiacottage.org.

The Cottage facilitates an array of trainings and presentations, such as forensic interviews, medical accompaniment, advocacy and counseling. There is also a teen support group for survivors of child sex abuse. 

For more on this story, see the Aug. 15 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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