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HIRAM — A 34-year-old Georgia man has been arrested after authorities caught him attempting to meet an 8-year-old girl for sex, police say.
According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, on Nov. 1, Cartersville resident Brian Travis Cowart was arrested by Detectives from the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Investigations Division as a result of what investigators called “an elaborate attempt to have sex with an eight year old girl.”
Sheriff’s Dept. officials say on Oct. 29, the Juvenile Investigations Division was contacted by a complainant who advised they located a person on a social media site requesting to have sex with 5 to 10 year old girls. On Oct. 31, an undercover Detective made contact with the suspect, later identified as Brian Travis Cowart, in an online conversation. As a result of the online chat, Cowart offered a sum of money to perform sex acts on an eight year old girl.
“Cowart thought he was communicating online with the eight year old girl’s older sister,” said Sheriff’s Dept. spokesperson Ashley Henson. “Cowart devised a plan to meet the alleged victim’s sister at a retail store in Hiram where she would deliver the eight year old victim to Cowart for a certain period of time.”
Upon Cowart’s arrival, he was taken into custody by several Detectives from the Juvenile Investigations Division who were waiting on him in the parking lot. Cowart was charged with the following offenses:
-Criminal Attempt to Commit Child Molestation
-Criminal Attempt to Entice a Child for Indecent Purposes
-Violation of the Computer/Electronic Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act
Cowart is currently being held in the Paulding County Jail without bond.
“As adults, it is our responsibility to keep children safe from online predators. I want to encourage all parents to keep an eye on your child’s online activities and know who they are communicating with at all times,” said Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge.
Detectives are asking anyone who has had any online contact with Cowart to call Lieutenant Starry Kilgore or Sergeant Lenny Carr of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Investigations Division at (770) 445-6105.