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Man sentenced to 24 months behind bars for arranging to meet person who he believed was a child for sex
Adam Lee Epps

A Gainesville man has been sentenced to 24 months behind bars for criminal attempt to commit child molestation, according to court documents.

Adam Lee Epps, 33, took the non-negotiated plea Dec. 9, and Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden imposed a 10-year sentence. The first 24 months will be in confinement, and the rest may be served on probation.

Epps was charged in a June indictment with two counts of criminal attempt to commit a felony, the first being child molestation and the second being enticing a child for indecent purposes.

Epps arrived in November 2018 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 Hall County 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 previously told The Times

When Epps pulled up in a pickup truck around 11:15 a.m. Nov. 29, 2018, at the shopping area, investigators arrested him.

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

Defense attorney Hammond Law did not return a request for comment Thursday, Jan. 16.

Epps will be under the sex offender special conditions of probation.

He must also follow all treatment, medication and all aftercare per a doctor’s psychosexual evaluation and may not be in the same household with a person younger than 16.