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Loganville man sentenced to 17 years in prison for child exploitation
Joseph Campanelli
Joseph Campanelli

A Loganville man has been sentenced to 17 years behind bars for sexual exploitation of children, according to court documents.

Joseph Anthony Campanelli, 47, took the negotiated plea Feb. 12, and Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley imposed a 40-year sentence. The first 17 years will be in confinement, and the rest may be served on probation.

Campanelli was charged in an October 2019 indictment with 11 counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Campanelli, a former paramedic with Central Emergency Medical Services stationed in Forsyth County, was arrested March 29, 2018, after nearly two months of investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce.

Authorities secured search warrants for his cellphones and computers and initially found six images of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor, Cpl. Doug Rainwater with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office previously told the Forsyth County News.

Authorities eventually found seven images and four videos in all, according to court documents.

Campanelli’s attorney, Amy Carter, didn’t respond to a request for a comment.