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Authorities: Gainesville man thought he was meeting a juvenile for sex; he met detectives instead
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Adam Lee Epps

A Gainesville man allegedly planned to meet a juvenile in a Flowery Branch parking lot after “sexually explicit conversations” until he was met by Hall County Sheriff’s Office detectives, according to authorities.

Authorities said Adam Lee Epps, 32, arrived in the parking lot of a Spout Springs Road shopping area after “arranging to meet a juvenile for the purpose of sexual contact,” according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth.

“Epps had been in contact with a person he knew to be a child using a mobile app. He held sexually-explicit conversations with the individual up until Wednesday’s meeting,” Booth wrote in a news release.

When Epps pulled up in a pickup truck around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the shopping area, investigators arrested him.

He was charged with criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation and electronic enticement of a child.

Booth said no child was ever in danger during the two-week investigation.

Booth did not release the age or gender of the juvenile Epps was allegedly expecting to meet nor the application used to contact the suspected juvenile.

“This was an undercover operation, and investigators aren’t releasing those details at this time,” Booth wrote in an email.

No information was available Friday, Nov. 30, with Hall County Magistrate Court regarding Epps’ retention of an attorney. 

The case is still under investigation.

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