A 56-year-old Bartow County man was charged by Cherokee Sheriff's Office detectives Thursday. He was arrested at a location where he thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex.

According to sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker:

Investigators with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit arrested Mark Maloney, of Emerson in Woodstock. "Maloney had been communicating online with detectives posing as a juvenile prior to making the trip to Cherokee," Baker said.

Maloney is charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation, obscene internet contact with a child, sexual exploitation of a child and trafficking a person for sexual service. He remained in the Cherokee County jail on Friday morning without bond.

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Think of this ‘crime creation’ as an assembly line. You start with a frame (of age chat site) where adults go to just socialize or meet someone they can get acquainted with and hopefully begin a relationship. Right? No crime there! The frame moves on down the line with parts (conversation & grooming) being added along the way. Now it’s time for the engine to be dropped in to get it ready to drive off the line. The bait has been put out and the switch occurs. It is known that many guys caught up in these stings are experiencing some depression from a break-up, divorce, loss, etc., so the engine is not clicking on all cylinders. They are vulnerable and the gasoline (testosterone) gets added at the next station. The brakes are being installed so that it can be operational when driven off the line. That is, of course, where the conversation should end but wait you can get the cool wheels, high performance and extra warranty at little cost (pot, liquor sex toys) if you add them to your contract.

The public is groomed to believe they are saving a child which we know is a farce and the public is NEVER told the details of how this occurs as they want to protect their operation.

Lastly, the assembly line crew turns the vehicle over to the sales team (prosecutors) who sprinkles some false statements in to the sales pitch. Again, the public never sees the sprinkles. The crime ends in a plea deal (97% federal and 95% state). A life and a family are destroyed.

Maybe we should suggest that the media do a deep-dive in a case by asking for the records and talking with the offender then write their story.

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