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Michael Lester Baust (mug shot SCSO)

Another alleged sexual predator is behind bars after a three month investigation by the Stone County Sheriff's Office and the Tri-Lakes Internet Crimes Task Force.

Prosecutors allege that Michael Lester Baust, 30, Columbia, sent sexually explicit messages to a undercover detective posing as a 12 year-old girl.

Baust has been charged with two counts of Sexual Misconduct with a child under 14 and is being held in the Stone County jail on a $50,000.00 cash only bond..