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Arizona man charged with enticing child denied bond

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Steven Schlesselman (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office) Steven Schlesselman (Source: Effingham Co. Sheriff's Office)
EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

An Arizona man accused of trying to meet a teen in Georgia for sex was denied bond Tuesday morning.

Steven Schlesselman, 45, of Maricopa Co., Ariz., remains in the Effingham County Jail. He was arrested Sunday night.

"Effingham County sheriff's investigators are now working with officials in Arizona as well as ICE. Search warrants are being conducted at this time and additional charges are pending. It is common for sexual predators to travel to meet underage boys and girls for sex but it is not as common when they fly cross country, " said spokesman David Ehsanipoor in a statement.

Schlesselman solicited sex from whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but ended up being a member of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to the sheriff's office

Schlesselman flew from Phoenix to Atlanta, where he landed at about 5 p.m. Sunday, then rented a vehicle from the airport and drove to Effingham County, according to the sheriff's office.

Schlesselman was arrested while he was sitting n his rental car that was parked at a gas station on Ga.17 and Midland Road, which was the meeting place he had set up with the supposed teen, according to the sheriff's office.

He is charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

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