THOMASVILLE — The mother of a girl who discovered inappropriate images in her daughter's social media exchanges photographed the messages before contacting law enforcement, authorities said. 

The mother had become concerned about her daughter, checked the girl's electronic devices and found a message from Keelan Jay Kirkland to her daughter, said Capt. Tim Watkins, Thomas County Sheriff's Office chief investigator.

Kirkland was sending inappropriate messages to the girl, who is under the age of 16, the investigator said. 

"The mother took screen shots of the images before they could be taken down," Watkins said. "We found that he had been trying to solicit from her and get her to reciprocate."

A Thomas County Superior Court judge has ordered the release of the social media outlet's records involving the suspect.

"When we get them, we'll have a better idea of how long this has been going on," Watkins said.

Kirkland, 47, Summer Hill Road, is charged with distributing material depicting nudity or sexual conduct and child molestation.

He was released from the Thomas County Jail on a $4,600 bond. 

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