A Jefferson County man was arrested Thursday during a child predator sting operation organized by the FBI and U.S. Secret Service.

Christopher W. Card, 39, of Pinson, has been charged with child solicitation by computer and traveling to meet a child for unlawful sex acts.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Vice and Narcotics Division worked with the Millen, Georgia Police Department, the FBI and United States Secret Service to find predators online.

Card was believed to be chatting online with a 14-year-old girl and arranging to meet her at a Fultondale hotel. However, he was arrested when he arrived at the Lowery Parkway location.

“Agencies working together is another example of how our deputies build relationships,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway. “In this case, we were able to arrest a child predator living right here in Jefferson County. We are thankful for the work done by all agencies involved in this operation and are particularly impressed by the tenacity of the Millen Police Department. The teamwork exhibited by all involved is exactly what we need to stop these types of predators.”

Detectives later obtained a search warrant and took electronic devices from Card’s home.

Card is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $60,000. More charges are possible.

Card is considered innocent until proven guilty.

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