2 men charged with sex crime after undercover sting

GADSDEN, AL (WAFF) - Two Alabama men were arrested and charged with sex crimes after Gadsden Police ran an undercover investigation to catch sexual predators.

The Gadsden Special Projects Team ran the investigation on lewd acts taking place in public places within the city. During their investigation, they discovered that the perpetrators were using websites to set up sexual encounters, some with juveniles.

The team set up a profile to act as an adolescent to catch online predators.

In November 2011, investigators say Ronald Norwood, 45, of Rainbow City, contacted them through the undercover profile many times. They say some of the messages were sexually explicit and that Norwood eventually arranged to meet the undercover officer who he thought was a minor for a sexual encounter.

When Norwood arrived at the meeting location, he was arrested.

Earlier this month, the Special Projects Team also arrested Douglas Earl Cochran, 43, of Sand Rock. He allegedly send more than 100 messages to the undercover officer and arranged to meet for a sexual encounter. He was also arrested when he went to meet the officer he thought was a juvenile.

Norwood and Cochran were both charged with traveling to meet a child for unlawful sex and booked into the Etowah County Jail.

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