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Man arrested in Perverted Justice Internet sting

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

For the second time in three weeks Dougherty County Sheriff's Investigators made an arrest in an Internet sex sting with the help of Perverted Justice.

A 29 year old man flew from Philadelphia for a sexual encounter at an Albany motel with who he thought was a 14 year old girl. He's in the Dougherty County jail.

Investigators say Perverted Justice recorded 70 pages of chat between 29 year old Girish Doss and who he thought was a 14 year old girl.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "He met her through a Yahoo chat room, and she is also on MySpace.

But Doss was actually chatting with volunteers working for Perverted Justice, a volunteer group that works with law enforcement to trap Internet predators.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Captain Craig Dodd said "the subject traveled from Philadelphia to Atlanta. Rented a car in Atlanta and drove to Albany Georgia to meet what he thought to be a 14 year old child."

Instead it was Sheriff's Investigators who met him at his room at the Hampton Inn Saturday morning at 11 AM. They say Doss broke down in tears and confessed.

Dodd said "Confronted him and he immediately, voluntarily made statements that he knew what he had done and was sorry."

Investigators say Doss is an Indian national, working as a computer programmer for a software company in Philadelphia on a temporary work visa. This is the second man arrested in Albany in an Internet sting by Perverted Justice and Sheriff's Investigators. Sivakumar Jeraraman was arrested three weeks ago. Sheriff Kevin Sproul says it shows just how many criminals are on the Internet targeting children.

Sproul said "We've got to be very vigilant as parents today. We have to look at everything out there and be as aware as we can and think prevention as much as we can. That's the times that we live in."

Both Doss and Jeraraman are being held in the Dougherty County Jail on attempted child molestation charges, and will likely be deported and prevented from returning to the United States.

Sheriff Sproul says his Office will continue to work with Perverted Justice. He urges parents to monitor their child's Internet and cell phone activity.

 If you want some internet safety suggestions, you can call the sheriff's office at 430-6500.

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