An Athens man is back in jail for the second time in 50 days, again charged with obscene communication with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl, but was in fact an undercover investigator with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

According to sheriff’s office spokesman, Capt. Jay Baker:

James Wesley Smith, 21, of Athens was arrested Monday night on two counts of obscene internet contact with a child. Smith was in the Athens-Clarke County jail on Tuesday morning awaiting transport to the Cherokee County jail.

On Sept. 29 Smith was arrested and charged by Cherokee County Internet Crimes Against Children division investigators with two counts of obscene internet contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene material to a minor and sexual exploitation of children. He was released from the Cherokee County jail on bond on Oct. 17.

“Despite the fact that one of his conditions of bond was ‘shall have no internet access,’ (Smith) started communicating within three weeks of his release with Cherokee Sheriff’s Investigators who he believed was the same girl he had been communicating with in September,” Baker said.

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He's a serial child predator and if convicted should spend at least 40 or 50 years in prison. It's a fact these preditors have offended many times before getting caught. He's clearly a danger to society and lost his right to roam free among us.I would not be opposed to physical castration though as an alternative after spending 20 years in prison for his past and current crimes.

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