Alabama man sentenced for trying to have sex with underage girls in Georgia
NEWNAN, Ga. - Christopher Bradley Braden, who on two separate occasions arranged to meet minor girls for sex, was sentenced to federal prison for enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.
“This defendant was brazen and persistent in seeking out young girls on the Internet,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “On two separate occasions, Braden drove for hours hoping to have sex with young girls. Thanks to the vigilance of our law enforcement partners, Braden is being held accountable for his depraved conduct.”
“On two separate occasions Braden drove for hours hoping to have sex with young girls and most likely would have continued if he wasn’t arrested,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “The FBI Atlanta Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force (MATCH) is committed to remain vigilant, holding predators who pose a threat to our children, accountable.”
“Online sexual predators of children are a problem within our communities, said Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn. “We appreciate the assistance of our federal partners and we are grateful to have intercepted the suspect before another child was harmed.”
According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: In November 2016, Braden started communicating with a young girl on the cell phone app “Meet24.” She told him that she was 13 years old. He immediately initiated sexual conversations with the minor, asking about her body development and her sexual experience. Braden even sent her a video of himself masturbating. He made arrangements to meet her for the purpose of having sex with her on December 1, 2016. When he showed up at the pre-arranged location in Marietta, he was met by two Marietta Police Department officers and arrested. The 13-year-old girl was actually an undercover police officer. He was later released on bond.
In May 2017 - only six months later - Braden met a 14-year-old girl on the same cell phone app. Again, he asked questions about her body development and her sexual experience. He even sent the girl a photo of his erect penis. Braden then made arrangements to meet her at a gas station in Bremen, Georgia. While traveling to Bremen, he sent the girl a message confirming that she was 14 years old. When Braden showed up near the gas station, he was pulled over and arrested by Bremen Police Department officers. Like before, the 14-year-old girl was actually an undercover police officer.
Braden, 40, of Jasper, Alabama, has been sentenced to 10 years, six months in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release. Braden will also be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison. Braden was convicted on these charges on July 11, 2018, after he pleaded guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marietta Police Department, and Bremen Police Department.
Assistant U.S. States Attorney Paul R. Jones prosecuted the case.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. In February 2006, the Attorney General launched Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices around the country, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016. The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.