Arizona man Steven Schlesselman flew to Georgia for sex, denied bond

PHOENIX - Authorities in east Georgia say bond has been denied for an Arizona man accused of traveling to Georgia to meet with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl.

Effingham County Sheriff's officials say 45-year-old Steven Schlesselman was instead greeted by a member of the sheriff's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Sunday.

Officials say Schlesselman had online conversations over the course of about three weeks with the fictional girl expressing interest in traveling to meet for sex.

Officials say he flew from Phoenix, rented a car in Atlanta and drove over 200 miles to Effingham County.

The Maricopa County man is being held in the Effingham County Jail, in Springfield. It wasn't known Tuesday whether he has a lawyer.

Springfield is about 26 miles northwest of Savannah.

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