A Blount County Sheriff’s Deputy has been fired after being arrested in Asheville, N.C., on the charge of soliciting a child by computer.
According to a press release, the Asheville Police Department arrested James Eugene Patty Jr., 48, of Maryville on Thursday. He had allegedly traveled from his home to Asheville with the intent of having a sexual encounter with a minor female.
The arrest came as part of a North Carolina Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force operation. Patty is currently being held at the Buncombe County Detention Center under a $50,000 bond
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office quickly fired Patty once it was apprised of the situation. “We were made aware of it this morning, and he was terminated this afternoon,” BCSO spokeswoman Marian O’Briant said.
“This could not have been easy for this agency, but they are handling it like professionals,” said Alan K. Flora, NCICAC Task Force commander. “They are being exceptionally helpful in the investigation working with us very well. I truly appreciate the cooperation from Sheriff Berrong and his staff.”