Timothy Lyle Chappell, 48, was arrested at the DeKalb County Probation Office by FBI agents assigned to child exploitation investigative matters. Federal agents believe that in June 2010, he caused a 15-year-old girl to be involved in the commercial sex trade and facilitated her exploitation by others.
FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett said Chappell "is not a likely candidate for bond, given his history of probation revocation."
Chappell, who has previously pleaded guilty to child molestation and child cruelty in Cobb County, is classified as a violent sexual predator on Georgia's sex offender registry. He was in state prison as recently as May, according to the state department of corrections, and registered with Cobb County and DeKalb County authorities upon his release.
On June 23, he was returned to Cobb County Jail on a probation violation, Chief Deputy Linda Coker said. He spent two months in custody, and registered with the Cobb Sheriff's Office after his release on Aug. 24. He was outfitted with a GPS monitor, and deputies regularly tracked his movements, notifying other law-enforcement agencies as necessary, Coker said.
"He notified us on Nov. 19 that he was moving to DeKalb, and on Nov. 22, he registered with DeKalb," Coker said. "The deputies in our sex-offender unit noticed his frequent movement around metro Atlanta and notified other jurisdictions. That's what we do every day."
There are 300 registered sex offenders living in Cobb County, she said.