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UPDATE: Man charged with attempted sex with minor

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division reports they have arrested a Marion County man who came to Chattanooga to engage in sex acts with a minor.

The suspect, 27-year-old Christian Matthews, initiated contact with a minor through Facebook according to a news release from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthews requested a meeting with the minor to engage in sex acts. 

The minor's mother reported the meeting and information to law enforcement officials, and investigators were involved as the online discussions continued.

The suspect came to Chattanooga to meet with the minor, and was arrested without incident when he arrived at the undisclosed location.

Matthews has been charged with solicitation of a minor to commit aggravated statutory rape. 
 
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division Detective Ashburn, part of the Tennessee Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force, says these type of cases are common and on the rise,  encouraging all parents to monitor their children’s and teens internet use. 

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office works closely with the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office to ensure cases involving those who prey on children, are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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