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FBI Sting: Augusta Man Planned to Meet Young Girl for Sex


An Augusta man believed he was meeting a 13-year-old girl for sex when he was busted Friday at a Grovetown motel by FBI agents and Columbia County investigators.

Frank Alexander Robles, 28, was charged with “attempted child molestation” in the undercover sting, part of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

Robles thought he was making arrangements over the Internet to have sex with the underage girl. According to sheriff’s reports, Robles “made arrangements to travel to the (motel) for the purpose of meeting and having a sexual encounter with (people) he believed to be a 13-year-old girl and an adult male in her company.”

Instead, Robles was arrested and charged with attempted child molestation, according to the FBI.

The arrest was part of the FBI’s continuing crackdown on predators who seek sex with children. Locally, the FBI has teamed up with the GBI and the sheriff’s offices in Columbia and Richmond counties to target potential sex offenders.

Robles, of Oak Drive, Augusta, was booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, and later released on bond.


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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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