Crimes Against Children Unit
What We Do
Children are virtually defenseless and are vulnerable to becoming victims of society’s ills.
Every year hundreds of children in Paulding County become victims of crimes such as physical and sexual abuse. The mission of the Crimes Against Children Unit is to protect the young citizens of Paulding County by conducting thorough investigations of reported criminal activity where a child has been physically abused, sexually abused, neglected, or kidnapped and bring the offenders to justice.
The Crimes Against Children Unit also applies experience and training to proactive programs such as Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Community and School Presentations bringing awareness to activities that can lead to child abuse.
The Crimes Against Children Unit operates proactive ICAC programs to detect and arrest child predators and purveyors of child sexual abuse materials. The Crimes Against Children Unit is an award winning Affiliate of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICAC).
Monitoring Sex Offenders
The Crimes Against Children Unit is also charged with Monitoring and tracking sex offenders residing in Paulding County. The Sex Offender RegistryTracking program in Paulding County verifies the residency and job location of every sex offender in the county on a bi-annual basis.
The Crimes Against Children Unit collaborates with many local agencies which are a part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). The MDT consists of the Crimes Against Children Unit, the Paulding County Advocacy Center, the Paulding County District Attorney's Office, the Paulding County Department of Family and Children Services(DFACS), the Paulding Court Appointed Special Advocates(CASA), representatives from Paulding Wellstar and Tanner Health, along with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The MDT meets on a weekly basis to discuss current cases and to share new concepts and ideas.
Who We Are
The Crimes Against Children Unit falls under the Juvenile Division and began operations as a separate unit in September 2006. The Crimes Against Children Unit specializes in crimes committed against children such as sexual and physical abuse.
Since its inception in 2006, the Crimes Against Children Unit has expanded to five Detectives, one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, one Corporal, and two support professionals. This unit has evolved over the years and consists of highly trained Detectives in the areas of Child Abuse Investigations, Internet Crimes Against Children Investigations, and Sex Offender Registry Tracking.
Lieutenant Starry Kilgore
Lieutenant Starry Kilgore is the Commander of the Crimes Against Children Unit and is also the Child Abduction Response Team leader (CART). Lieutenant Kilgore was a key player in the creation Internet Crimes Against Children unit that in 2008 and was recognized by the Georgia Burea of investigation for Outstanding Investigative Response in the Area of Internet Crimes Against Children for a new Task Force Agency. Lieutenant Kilgore has also developed the Crimes Against Children Unit into a world–class unit of professional and well trained personnel.
Sergeant Lenny Carr
Sergeant Carr oversees the day to day operations of the Crimes Against Children Unit. Furthermore, he supervises the Detectives in the course of their child sexual/physical abuse and internet investigations.
Corporal Brett Whritenour
Corporal Whritenour supervises the State of Georgia Sexual Offender Registry for Paulding County. Any sex offender that resides within Paulding County has to register with Corporal Whritenour at the Crimes Against Children office.