This is the mugshot from when Christopher Bradley Braden was booked into Cobb County jail on Dec. 1, 2016.
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Cobb County Sheriff's Office

Man who twice tried to have sex with teen girls in Georgia gets prison

An Alabama man has been sentenced to prison for trying to have sex with teen girls in Marietta and Bremen — both times they were undercover cops.

Christopher Bradley Braden, 40, pleaded guilty in July to two counts of enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. His crime carried a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life, according to the plea deal.

On Tuesday, he got 10 years and six months along with 15 years of probation, records show.

“On two separate occasions Braden drove for hours hoping to have sex with young girls and most likely would have continued if he wasn’t arrested,” said FBI Special Agent Chris Hacker in a news release.

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Braden started talking to the first fake girl in November 2016 on the Meet24 app.

That’s the same app a Secret Service officer used while on duty a year earlier to be explicit with what he thought were teen girls. Some were undercover cops, but some were real. He got 20 years.

Braden assumed he was chatting up a 13-year-old girl and asked her lewd questions. He sent a video of him touching himself.

He drove about 200 miles from his home in Jasper, Alabama, to Marietta. He was greeted by two Marietta cops instead of a teen girl.

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Marietta police received an award from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for making more enticement arrests through Nov. 30, 2017, than any of the nearly 200 agencies involved in an Internet Crimes Against Children task force.

“Online sexual predators of children are a problem within our communities, said Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn about the sentencing. “We appreciate the assistance of our federal partners and we are grateful to have intercepted the suspect before another child was harmed.”

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Braden was first arrested Dec. 1, 2016. Cobb County Superior Court records show he bonded out about a week later for $55,200.

About six months later, in May 2017, he was back on Meet24 and found someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He asked her questions about her body and her sexual experience. He sent photos of himself. He agreed to travel, again.

When he got near the meet-up spot, a gas station in Bremen, he was pulled over by police and arrested.

As part of his plea, Braden now must register as a child sex offender.

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