Gwinnett deputy accused of molesting child he met on Grindr

Deputy arrested for child molestation

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- A Gwinnett county sheriff’s office deputy was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated child molestation.

Michael Lomax, 31, is accused of performing a sexual act on a 13-year-old victim he met on Grindr, a gay social network app.

The app is not meant for minors and is restricted to adults only. But that didn’t stop police from arresting Lomax who they said met with the boy in person after the online encounter..

The victim’s mother reported the incident to Lilburn police, who turned the case over to Gwinnett police.

Lomax was arrested in Stone Mountain around 2 p.m.

According to the Gwinnett sheriff’s office, Lomax was employed as a jailer for 2 years. The department said Lomax resigned after his arrest.

“While I am extremely disappointed in the actions of Michael Lomax and glad to see him behind bars, I am also alarmed that minors can access social media apps of this nature and utilize them to meet strangers,” said Sheriff Butch Conway.

It was just last month when 11Alive obtained the latest numbers of arrests by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

The report showed 244 arrests of adults accused of sex crimes in 2015. That's an average of at least four arrests per week.

Many of those cases, including this one, came to light because a parent found out and called police.

According to its website, Grindr is designed to allow users to “chat, share photos and meet up with guys near you.”

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