Monday, March 10, 2008

Truck Driver Accused Of Trying To Meet Teen For Sex

By Denise Yost

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An international driver is accused of trying to meet a teenager online for sex and deputies said they fear there may be victims along his travels.

The Franklin County sheriff's office said Serge Beauseigle has been traveling around the United States and Canada as a truck driver for more than four decades, NBC 4's Lauren Diedrich reported.

Investigators said they believe Beauseigle began communicating online with a sheriff's deputy in November 2007.

But it wasn't until Wednesday that, detectives said, he came to Columbus on a detour in his trip from Louisiana to Canada to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old boy for sex.

Instead Beauseigle was arrested.

"We're thinking he's been engaged in this type of act with young people for a long period of time. The fact that he's a long-distance truck driver gives him the ability to go all over the U.S.," said Franklin County Chief Deputy Steve Martin.

The Franklin County sheriff's office said federal charges could be filed in the case.

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