Mugshots of Thomas William Blackstone (left) and Joshua Dooley Cobb County Sheriff's Office
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Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Cobb cops: Men caught in undercover sting trying to meet teen for sex

Two metro Atlanta men were recently arrested after trying to meet up with what they thought was a 14-year-old girl they’d met online for sex, only to find out it was an undercover Marietta cop.

Cobb jail records show that Thomas William Blackstone and Joshua Dooley were arrested Friday, Blackstone on one felony count of using a computer to solicit sex with a child and Dooley on two such counts.

Records showed Wednesday afternoon that Blackstone remained in jail without bond and that Dooley had bonded out for $7,370 about 10 hours after he was booked.

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Dooley, of Austell, was arrested first Friday night.

A warrant says that the undercover officer posed online as a 14-year-old girl and responded to Dooley’s online advertisement, which said Dooley was “looking to meet a younger girl ... open to any age but prefer younger” for sexual relations “tonight.”

According to the warrant, the detective mentioned twice being a 14-year-old girl. They arranged a meeting.

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Dooley sent a text to who he thought was the girl saying he was at the meeting spot — the parking lot of Dave & Buster’s on Delk Road.

When a cop showed up, Dooley got out of his car “stated he was there to meet someone from the internet,” the warrant said.

About three hours later, Blackstone was arrested.

The same detective posed as a girl on an unspecified dating app. Blackstone texted who he thought was the girl, who said she was 14.

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The warrant said the Atlanta man sent three explicit photos of himself.

They agreed to meet at the Days Inn on Delk Road, which is directly next to the Dave & Buster’s. He texted to say he was there and was arrested in the lobby.

Blackstone “did admit he had come to meet the child but denied knowing how old she was,” according to the warrant.

Blackstone’s next court date was not listed in the online magistrate court database, but Dooley’s next scheduled hearing is Nov. 7.

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