Thursday, October 27, 2005


Youth minister arrested in Internet sex sting

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - A man who works as a youth minister and school bus driver has been arrested for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a teenage girl who turned out to be an undercover police officer.

Mohammad Bolton, 31, of McDonough made contact with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl over the Internet. Police arrested him Wednesday at a Wal-Mart in Peachtree City, where he went to meet the girl.

Peachtree City Police Chief Jim Murray said Bolton also used a computer to send an obscene picture of himself.

While talking to who he thought was a teenager he asked to sneak into her house to see her, Murray said. When the undercover officer told him they would get caught, Bolton said "I do it all the time. It is easy," Murray said.

Bolton is a youth minister with the Church of Harvest International in Jonesboro, police said. He has been placed on unpaid leave by the Clayton County school system, where he has driven a bus since August 2003, according to spokesman Charles White.

See also, the never-ending chronicle of church-related crime.

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