Convicted Georgia sex offender James Pierce charged in Colorado

GOLDEN, Colo. - A convicted Georgia child molester who is accused of traveling to Colorado believing he was going to have sex with a child now faces formal charges here.

James Pierce, 51, was arrested in an undercover sting operation on April 17. CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta learned he was still wearing an ankle monitor from Georgia when he was arrested in Jefferson County.

Today, Pierce was formally charged by the First Judicial District Attorney's Office with three counts of internet sexual exploitation of a child and attempted sexual assault of a child.

The investigation began on Dec. 31, 2013, when Pierce allegedly contacted an investigator with the DA’s Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations Unit, who was posing as a girl under age 15 on a social networking website. The arrest affidavit says the account Pierce is accused of using asked for naked pictures and also sent naked photos of himself.

Pierce allegedly wrote in a text message that he was thrilled that the girl was underage, "I always like young girls" and "i dont [sic] care if its against the law," the affidavit stated. "you [sic] the only [juvenile girl] that didnt think I ws a perv."

He also allegedly texted about borrowing money for a bus ticket and said that when he reached Colorado, "We will celebrate with pizza and all night sex."

Investigators checked Pierce's background and found he'd been arrested in 1991 for rape, sodomy and child molestation in Georgia. He was convicted of aggravated child molestation in 1992 and sentenced to five years in prison and 15 years of probation.

Investigators also learned that Pierce had violated probation in 2006 and 2012 and failed to register as a sex offender in 2007.  

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