Police: Man arrested, charged in connection to child sex crimes

A suspect was arrested in connection with several child-related sex crimes, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

According to investigators, 30-year-old Joe Ruiz was arrested after he drove to an undisclosed location to meet with someone he believed was a teenager.

The person Ruiz was in contact with was a Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Unit investigator.

Joe Luis Ruiz Jr. (Cherokee County Sheriff's Office )

Ruiz faces several charges including Criminal Attempt to Commit Child Molestation, Human Trafficking, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime (2 counts), Computer/Electronic Pornography Child Exploitation Act and Possession of a Schedule 1 Drug.

Two guns and marijuana were found in the SUV Ruiz was driving, deputies said. 

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Ruiz remains in custody without bond.