The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children unit arrested 68-year-old Jimmy Lee Bowling from Ellijay early Tuesday afternoon at an undisclosed location in Cherokee County on a handful of internet child sex charges.

A 68-year-old Ellijay man showed up in Cherokee County early Tuesday afternoon wearing a Santa hat, thinking he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for sex, authorities said.

Instead, investigators with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children unit arrested Jimmy Lee Bowling on a number of child sex charges.

According to Capt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office:

Bowling arrived at the location shortly after noon Tuesday to meet what he thought was a 14-year-old girl. Bowling was arrested without incident and charged with attempted child molestation, pandering, sexual exploitation of a child, obscene internet contact with a minor, and violation of the computer pornography and sexual exploitation act.

Bowling is currently at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center and is being held without bond.

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