Randall James Hughes

Randall James Hughes

An Athens man was arrested this week as part of a regional operation targeting those who sexually exploit children using the internet.

Randall James Hughes, 23, of 23582 Slate Road, was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography. He was booked into the Limestone County Jail Wednesday and remained there Friday. His bond was set at $15,000.

An Alabama Law Enforcement Agency official declined to provide additional information about Hughes' case because it is still under investigation.

Hughes was arrested as part of Operation Southern Impact, a joint investigation between law enforcement agencies in Alabama and Georgia. A total of 31 people have been arrested, with 11 of those being from Alabama.