Police: Cobb man tried to purchase 12-year-old girl for sex trafficking

Justin Caleb Cook

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Justin Caleb Cook

A Cobb County man faces a felony after being accused of trying to purchase a 12-year-old girl for the purposes of sex trafficking.

Justin Caleb Cook, 43, of Marietta, was arrested last Tuesday on a count of trafficking a person for sexual servitude, according to Cobb jail records. The charge stems from an incident that took place between Feb. 13 and the day of his arrest, according to a Cobb police arrest warrant.

He was taken into custody at 736 Whitlock Avenue, which is a building that houses several Cobb government offices and the SafePath Children's Advocacy Center. The latter is a nonprofit that aims to help abused children, according to its website. Whether Cook was inside or outside the building was not provided.

Cook’s warrant only says he “did attempt to purchase a 12 year old female child for the purpose of sexual intercourse.”

Cobb police spokesman Sgt. Wayne Delk told AJC.com that the department would not release any additional information.

“This is a Special Victims Unit case and we don’t usually comment on them, except to acknowledge it is one of our cases,” he said. “Sometimes just commenting on the how of these cases can jeopardize additional investigations they have going.”

Cook remains in jail without bond, according to online jail records.

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