Bond denied for man charged with sexual exploitation

61-year-old Ronald Bohlman (Source: Long County Sheriff's Office)
61-year-old Ronald Bohlman (Source: Long County Sheriff's Office)

LUDOWICI, GA (WTOC) - A man deputies said traveled across the country to have sex with a minor appeared before a judge on Tuesday.

Investigators say 61-year-old Ronald Bohlman traveled from Glendale, Ariz., to the Rye Patch community to meet a 16-year-old in hopes of having sex. Bohlman said he was in Atlanta for a conference.

"The conference that he attended in Atlanta may have just been a diversion, if his wife was curious about his whereabouts, what his activities were, what he was doing, what he was up to. That may have been a reasonable explanation to her why he was in Georgia," Long County Investigator Thomas Sollosi told WTOC.

Authorities believe the teen and Bohlman communicated on the internet for nine months. A Liberty County special investigator is helping with the case.

Bohlman was denied bond.

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