Virginia man arrested on attempted child molestation charge

A convicted sex offender from Virginia who traveled to Augusta on Thursday to have sex with a person he thought was an underage girl has been arrested in an undercover police operation, authorities said.

John Frederick Tysarczyk Jr., 36, of Newport News, has been charged with criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation, according to Sherry Lang, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s public information officer.

Tysarczyk was arrested in Augusta about 6:45 a.m. Thursday. He had traveled from his home in Virginia to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, Lang said. Tysarczyk’s arrest was the result of a four-week undercover operation.

According to Virginia court records, Tysarczyk was convicted of five counts of possession of child pornography in 2007. He was sentenced to five years in prison, although most of the prison term was suspended.

Tysarczyk was being held in the Richmond County jail without bond.

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