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Judge sends PTC teen to prison on cart theft charges following new arrest for sex crime

A Peachtree City teenager was sent to prison for five years after his probation was revoked Wednesday based on an alleged sex crime involving a 14-year-old girl.

Joshua Phillip Mobley, 19, of Wisdom Road, has only been charged at this point with aggravated child molestation, but Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards ruled there was enough evidence to determine he had violated his conditions of probation from an incident last year involving a stolen golf cart.

With his probation revoked, Mobley will have to serve a five-year prison term for the various offenses tied to the golf cart case including entering an auto, theft by taking, loitering/prowling and obstruction of a police officer. Mobley pled guilty to those counts in court Jan. 11, officials said.

Mobley will face a separate trial in the future for aggravated child molestation based on his arrest for the April 27 incident after a sexually-explicit photo of Mobley and the 14-year-old victim began to make the rounds at Fayette County High School, police said.

In court Wednesday, prosecutor Robert Smith entered into evidence a photo of the alleged sex act that sparked the police investigation which led to a charge of aggravated child molestation. The photo was taken by a friend of the victim in the case, police said.

Smith noted that the alleged crime occurred in a breezeway of the Concord Village Apartments in Peachtree City more than four months after Mobley promised the judge he would avoid committing future crimes in return for the probated sentence.

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