A Bethlehem man was arrested Thursday on sex charges after he allegedly conversed online with someone he thought was a teen about meeting for a sexual liaison.
Gerald Godina, 48, Bethlehem, was charged with one count of enticing a child for indecent purposes and one count of computer or electronic pornography and child exploitation prevention act. He is being held in the Barrow County Detention Center.
Godina allegedly conversed with someone he thought was a teen starting in December. He arranged to meet the person at Publix, where he approached what turned out to be an undercover female officer in the produce section. When he identified himself with his online name, he was taken into custody.
“On-line predators present an ever-increasing danger to our children and their ability to reach our children is alarming,” stated Sheriff Jud Smith. “The protection of children is our top priority at the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office and we will relentlessly pursue those who would intentionally harm a child,” the Sheriff continued. “Our agency will use every resource available to us to stop the despicable act of targeting our children for indecent purposes,” said the Sheriff.
It is the second area arrest in recent weeks of area men on sex related charges. A local coach and teacher was arrested in Gwinnett County on pandering charges last month.
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