Canton, Cherokee County GA. March 26, 2010 - Cherokee Sheriff's Office Investigators with assistance from the United States Marshal's Office, United States Secret Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have located and arrested Patrick Molesti, 56 years old of Woodstock. Molesti is suspected of attempting to purchase a 5 year old child online. After detectives located child pornography on his computer last week, Molesti left Cherokee County.

Investigators tracked Molesti to a location in Wyoming and learned he boarded a bus today bound for Calgary Canada. Molesti was able to cross the border into Canada. At approximately 8:30pm (Eastern Standard Time) Friday, undercover agents with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police boarded the bus while it was on a fuel stop in Thunder Bay Canada. Molesti was taken into custody without incident.

Currently there is not a definitive time when Molesti will be returned to Cherokee County. Molesti is currently wanted for 1 count Sexual Exploitation of Children. Additional Charges are likely in the coming days.

"I am very proud of the detectives who handled this investigation and who were subsequently involved in locating Molesti. We are also very thankful to the Federal authorities and the Canadian police who played a pivotal role in the arrest of this suspect."   Sheriff Roger Garrison



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