Georgia man arrested in undercover cyber operation

Deputies: Gregory Batizi faces 25 felony counts after SJC investigation


A Georgia man was arrested Wednesday on 25 felony counts following a month-long investigation by St. Johns County Cyber Crimes detectives, authorities said. 

Gregory Joseph Batizi, 30, of St. Marys, is charged with 15 counts of out-of-state transmission of harmful materials to a minor, eight counts of promotion of a sexual performance of a child and two counts of use of a computer to solicit a child for sex.

Detectives, who were acting as a young girl, began a conversation online with the suspect last month, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. 

Investigators said they identified the suspect as Batizi after figuring out the location where he was accessing his computer in Georgia.

After gathering more evidence, the Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the St. Marys Police Department, served a search warrant Wednesday at Batizi's home. 

Batizi was taken into custody and booked into the Camden County Jail in Georgia on a $250,000 bond.