CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. — A 52-year-old Marietta man allegedly thought he was going to meet a 13-year-old girl he had been chatting with. Instead, he was met by a Cherokee County sheriff's detective and arrested.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Howard Thomas Porter began communicating with who he thought was a teen girl earlier this month. 

On Monday, he was arrested in Cobb County when he tried to meet the "girl". 

Porter is charged with three counts of obscene contact with a minor, six counts of sexual exploitation of a child and three counts of using a computer to solicit a child for indecent acts.

As of Tuesday, Porter remained in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with a $33,750 bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible, authorities said.

Howard Thomas Porter
Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

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