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An Atlanta area elementary school principal was arrested this week during a multi-agency child sex sting on charges that he traveled with the intent to have sex with a child. Dr. John McGill, principal at Mt. Carmel Elementary in Douglasville (an Atlanta suburb), was among 14 arrested during an operation called "Operation Broken Heart."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported March 4 that John Harold McGill, 56, posted a $50,000 bond Wednesday after being arrested two days before and was released from jail.

An arrest warrant obtained by the Journal-Constitution noted that sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, McGill “responded to an ad on craigslist.org in reference to a mother who was seeking someone for her teenage daughter.”

John McGill was one of 14 people arrested as part of a Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI)-led sting designed to ensnare child predators. All were placed in the DeKalb County jail, charged with the felony violation of the Computer or Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 2007, GBI officials said.

"They communicated with child predators through chat rooms or ads and the child predators communicated with them and talked to them about when to have sex," said GBI spokesperson Sherry Lang, according to WGCL-TV in Atlanta.

The arrestees, whose ages range from 21 to 64, traveled from all parts of Northern Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex, the GBI said. A full listing of the names of those arrested in the child sex sting can be found at WXIA-TV.

WXIA also reported that John McGill was immediately suspended from his position as principal at Mt. Carmel Elementary by Douglas County Schools as soon as they were notified of McGill's arrest.

Douglas County School System announced Monday following the arrest that Dr. Sandra Williams, a retired former principal of the elementary school, will serve as interim principal effective March 10. Until Williams arrives, administrative duties will be conducted by the System's central office.

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