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Arizona man convicted in Effingham County for soliciting sex from a minor

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Arizona man arrested by Effingham County Police in December 2010 has been found guilty by and Effingham County jury and sentenced to 10 years in prison after he flew to Effingham County to meet an underage child for sex.

Steven Schlesselman, 45, of Maricopa County, Ariz., solicited sex from what he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He was instead talking to an officer of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office's Internet's Crimes Against Children Task Force posing as a child.

"Schlesselman and the undercover agent met in a chat room and had multiple online conversations for several weeks," said Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor. Schlesselman expressed his intention to travel to Georgia to have sex with the child, according to investigators.

"We have been talking to this guy for a while. There was no doubt [what his intention was]," Ehsanipoor said. "Throughout this investigation, he expressed his desire to have sex with young children."

Schlesslman flew from Phoenix to Atlanta and called a number the officer had given him. He then rented a car and drove from Atlanta to Effingham County

He parked at a gas station on Highway 17 on Midland Road, the meeting spot agreed upon by Schlesselman and the officer, where he was approached by officers while he was waiting in his car.

Schlesselman was charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

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