Chattooga County Man and Polk County Man Jailed On Child Sex Charges

Two men, one from Polk County and the other from Chattooga County, were jailed Tuesday after allegedly traveling to Floyd County, Georgia with the intent of committing acts of child molestation.

According to jail records 38-year old Timothy Eugene Gates made contact with someone he believed to be under the age of 16 on a mobile dating app – he then reportedly engaged in a graphic conversation, sent sexually explicit pictures and videos, and then traveled from his home in Aragon to Floyd County to meet the child.  Meanwhile 39-year old Raymond Paul Thurman from Summerville was arrested for similar acts.

Both Gates and Thurman stand charged with a criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation, sexual exploitation of children, the use of computer service to entice a child  to commit an illegal act, and obscene internet contact with a child.  Gates was additionally charged with electronically furnishing obscene materials to a minor, and Thurman was additionally charged with reckless conduct and a parole violation.