MAN WORE SANTA HAT TO MEET 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL GOR SEX IN GEORGIA: COPS
December 18, 2019
An accused pedophile wore a Santa hat to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex — but instead got busted by sheriff’s deputies who were posing as the teen online, according to authorities.
Jimmy Lee Bowling, 68, arrived in Cherokee County in suburban Atlanta on Tuesday to meet a young teen he had been speaking to on the internet, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Capt. Jay Baker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
But investigators with the sheriff’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit were actually behind the online persona, with officers busting Bowling as he arrived for his noon rendezvous.
A photo released by the sheriff’s office shows Bowling with a Santa hat perched on his head — and handcuffed from behind in front of a police cruiser.
Bowling was arrested without incident and charged with attempted child molestation, pandering, sexual exploitation of a child and obscene internet contact with a minor, the paper said.
He is being held without bond at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center.
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