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Text message for sex lands Hope Mills man in jail

Posted August 12, 2011 7:53 p.m. EDT

— Cumberland County authorities arrested a Hope Mills man Friday after he allegedly texted a child abuse investigator, thinking he was a 13-year-old boy, and offered to pay for sex.

Bobby Thomas-Brantley Aldridge, 20, of 809 Makay Court, is charged with solicitation of a child by computer to commit an unlawful sex act, the sheriff's office said.

Detectives say Aldridge unknowingly dialed the private number of the investigator, who passed along the details of the text conversation to cybercrimes investigators at the sheriff's office.

Aldrige was in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $25,000 bond Friday evening.