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Authorities: Blue Ridge man tried to meet child after mobile app messages
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Sidney Wayne Phillips

A Blue Ridge man allegedly tried to meet a child after conversations of a “sexual nature” through a mobile app, according to authorities.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office officials said Sidney Wayne Phillips, 25, started contacting “an individual he knew to be a child” through a mobile application Nov. 9. 

“During the messaging, Phillips turned the conversation to a sexual nature and requested to move the communication to text message. During the continuing conversation, Phillips asked the individual to meet him for sexual interaction,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in a news release.

Phillips allegedly agreed to a meeting the next day at a Hall County business, but the Blue Ridge man never arrived, Booth said.

Detectives determined Phillips’ identity and charged him with sexual exploitation of children.

He was booked Dec. 14 in to the Hall County Jail, where he remains without bond.

Booth said no child was ever in danger, and the case is still under investigation.