A middle Georgia man was booked into the Cherokee County jail on Saturday on more than a dozen charges of obscene internet contact with a child and several other related charges, authorities said.
According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker, the man, 46-year-old Michael Shane Hulsey of Knoxville, near Macon, was charged after a three-month investigation by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children division.
According to court records, Hulsey was engaged in graphic, obscene text exchanges with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl in Cherokee County. He was actually communicating with undercover investigators.
“Hulsey is accused of sending videos and photos of himself to what he thought was a 13-year-old girl,” Baker said Monday. “Hulsey provided his home address to the 13 year old girl after it was agreed she would take a bus to meet him at his house just outside of Macon.”
During the investigation, Hulsey had originally agreed to come to Cherokee County to meet with the fictitious teen, but cited financial reasons in asking the girl to come to him.
Twiggs County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Hulsey at his home based on a warrant taken out in Cherokee County.
Hulsey is charged with obscene internet contact with a child (13 counts), electronically furnishing obscene material to minors, child molestation (two counts), child exploitation (one count), use of computer service to commit an illegal act (child molestation) (three counts).
A first court appearance was set for Hulsey on Monday afternoon.