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Justin Ross Harris charged with sexual communication with minors

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COBB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Justin Ross Harris, the man accused of leaving his 22-month-old son in a car to die, was indicted Friday on eight new charges involving alleged sexual communication with minors.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds said advances in electronic forensic analysis and interviews of newly discovered victims led to the new charges against Harris.

Two indictments handed down by a grand jury on Friday name three victims.

“Had the state delayed charging any further, prosecution of some of the charges would have barred by the statute of limitations,” Reynolds said.

The indictment on the new charges states Harris had pictures depicting a the victims in sexually explicit conduct, and that he sent sexual material, including text communications and photos, to the victims.

Harris trial set to begin in April

Harris faces charges of murder, malice murder and child cruelty in the death of his son, Cooper, who was found hours after being left in an SUV on a hot day in June 2014.

Justin Ross Harris told investigators he forgot Cooper was in his car when he went to work; the toddler was found more than seven hours later, dead in the car.

Prosecutors alleged Justin Ross Harris was unhappy at work and in his marriage, portraying him as an unfaithful husband who wanted a child-free life.

According to Detective Phil Stoddard, Justin Ross Harris had been sexting girls, one as young as 17 years old, throughout the day while he was at work. He messaged six women, sending and receiving explicit texts, some including nude images.

Jury selection for Justin Ross Harris' trial is set to begin on April 11. CBS46 will be in the courtroom and carry the trial as it unfolds on-air and online.

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