Men sentenced to 5 years in prison in underage sex sting

Chadwick Preston Cagle (right) and James Anthony Howard (left) each pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit child molestation/BSO

MACON, Ga. – Two men each were sentenced to seven years -- five of them in prison -- Tuesday after they pleaded guilty to going to a local motel to meet underaged girls for sex in March 2015.

The men are Chadwick Preston Cagle, 42, of Kathleen, and James Anthony Howard, 26, of Macon. Each pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit child molestation.

If the cases had gone to trial, attorney's would have presented evidence showing Cagle and Howard responded to online advertisements offering sex with a 15-year-old girl and her mother. In reality, Cagle and Howard were emailing a police officer.

The men each went to a motel, where they were arrested.

Speaking after the hearings, Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke said, “Child victims never know who will be on the other side of the door when a predator comes to meet them. I’m grateful it was the suspects who were surprised this time.”

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