Lincolnton, GA (WJBF) – According to Lincoln County Sheriff Bruce Beggs, an Aiken man has been arrested after traveling to Lincoln County “after traveling to Lincoln County to meet what he believed to be a teenager for sexual purposes.”
The man has been identified as 37-year-old Jeremy Chadwick Franklin, of 3506 Westmont Drive, in Aiken. He was arrested around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Sheriff Beggs says that Franklin was arrested in connection with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office participation the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. He is currently being held in the Lincoln County Detention Center on charges of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, and Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes. He is awaiting a bond hearing.
Sheriff Beggs tells us that this the fourth arrest in his agency’s participation in the ICAC Task Force. He restated his comments made after their first arrest through his agency’s participation in the Task Force, “cooperation is very important in law enforcement, but it is never more important than when we cooperate to protect our children.”
The Task Force is sponsored by the U.S. Justice Department and is administered in Georgia by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).
Beggs also cautions parents and guardians of underage children to be aware of their activities on the internet and other electronic devices.