by: Ross Cavitt Updated:
SMYRNA, Ga. - A Cobb County teen will likely spend Christmas in jail after police said he picked up an underage girl on the
Internet and enticed her to his apartment.
Police said he linked up with one in Gwinnett County girl on Facebook and encouraged her to travel across the metro
"She said she was 16," the family member told Cavitt, asking not to be identified.
"Even if she were to actually lie about her age and he didn't know it, he still violated the law, if the facts are true," said attorney Phil Holloway.
Holloway has defended similar cases and told Cavitt that Georgia law puts it squarely on the defendant to know the age of the person he's having sex with.
In another recent case a Paulding County 19-year-old is serving a 10-year prison sentence at the Hays State Prison after an online meeting led to sex with what turned out to be a 12-year-old girl.
Holloway said the internet and
"All you have is who they say they are and what the truth of the matter is they could be someone like an undercover officer or they could be somebody lying about their age and you really are taking a gamble if you meet someone for romantic purposes over the internet," Holloway said.