A 17-year-old from Flowery Branch has been accused of sharing child pornography after Hall County Sheriff’s Office investigators found sexually explicit videos involving children on the teen’s cell phone.

After a cybertip concerning a pornographic Snapchat video was received by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children on Thursday, March 9, investigators were able to trace the account in question to a Hall County address belonging to Rocco John Dodero.

According to investigators, the video contained images of children ages 4 to 13 engaged in sexually explicit activity and the suspect is accused of sharing the video on Dec. 2, 2022.

On Tuesday, March 28, HCSO personnel and members of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit arrived at the suspect’s home to serve a search warrant.

After seizing the suspect’s cell phone, the CEACC located additional child sexual abuse material on the device.

The suspect has been charged with 14 counts of felony sexual exploitation of children.

As of Wednesday, March 29, he remained in the Hall County Jail with no bond.

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Deanna Allen has served as editor of the North Gwinnett Voice since June 2021. Effective communication and creative design are her passions.

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