Man on bond for attempting to have sex with Georgia girl tries again


While out on bond for trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl who turned out to be an online, undercover Marietta cop, Christopher Bradley Braden tried again.

He went back to the Meet24 app and drove from his home in Alabama to a gas station in Bremen for sex with a 14-year-old girl. And she, too, ended up being a cop.

Braden, 40, pleaded guilty to a charge of enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity Wednesday, according to federal court documents.


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The crime carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life, according to the plea deal.

Braden started talking to the first fake girl in November 2016 on the dating app. This is the same app a Secret Service officer used while on duty a year earlier to be explicit with what he thought were teen girls. Some were undercover cops, but some were real. He got 20 years.


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Thinking he was chatting with a 13-year-old girl, Braden asked her lewd questions and sent a video of him touching himself. 

They decided to meet on Dec. 1, 2016. He drove about 200 miles from his home in Jasper, Alabama, to Marietta. He was greeted by two Marietta cops.

He bonded out about a week later for $55,200, according to Cobb County Superior Court records.


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In May 2017, about six months later, he was back on Meet24 and found what he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He asked her questions about her body and her sexual experience. He sent her photos of himself.

When he got near the gas station in Bremen, he was pulled over by police and arrested.

Braden is set to be sentenced Oct. 11 at 10 a.m., federal court records show.


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