North Carolina man arrested after traveling to Floyd County to have sex with child
Floyd County Police Department investigators arrested another child sex predator over the weekend as they continue the fight against online child sexual predators. The unit has made close to 50 arrests related to the online child predator stings so far this year. According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, while conducting a proactive investigation to identify child predators who use social media sites to lure and entice children, Sgt. Misty Pledger was posing as a 14-year old girl on Facebook. Sgt. Pledger began receiving messages in January from Brian Curtis Cox, 39 of Ashburn, North Carolina. The conversations with Cox were very graphic in nature with him graphically describing sex acts he wished to engage in with who he believed to be a child. Cox sent nude photographs of himself to the “child” and requested the “child” do the same. Communication had been ongoing the past several months with Cox until Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, when he arrived at 4111 Martha Berry Highway, which was an agreed-upon location to engage in those sex acts. Cox arrived at the address around 9:00 AM in a Nissan Rogue, which appeared to be a rental. Lt. Hovers, Officer Chandler, Officer Wanka, and Sgt. Whaley responded to the parking lot where they made contact with Cox, who was sitting in the car. Due to the seriousness of the crimes Lt. Hovers drew his department-issued firearm and keep it at a low ready position giving Cox verbal commands. The door was unlocked and opened, Cox was told to exit the vehicle by several officers but did not comply. Sgt. Whaley observed his right hand moving toward the center console area of the vehicle. At that point, Cox was grabbed and pulled from the vehicle by officers on the scene to separate him from any possible weapons in the vehicle. Cox was held against the rear door of the vehicle and placed in handcuffs by Officer Chandler. While Sgt. Pledger interviewed Cox, he tried lying to her about his name and date of birth. Cox was booked into the Floyd County Jail charged with aggravated child molestation, obscene internet contact with a child, electronically furnishing obscene material to minors, use of computer to entice a child to commit a felony and giving false information to police.